Ford Just Gave the Focus RS 350-HP

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The Ford Focus RS hasn’t even come out yet, and it’s already making enthusiasts happier with a horsepower increase.

The official figure for the manual-only hot hatch now stands at a whopping 350 horsepower, up from the 345 figure Ford estimated in June. Torque from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is also rated at 350 pound-feet. Peak horsepower occurs at 6,000 rpm to the 6,800-rpm redline and maximum thrust comes online at a low 3,200 rpm.

The four-wheel drive Focus RS will also be move forgiving: It will restart the engine automatically after a stall. There will be no need for a driver to manually restart the engine after a stall, and the system will depress the clutch on its own.

“We knew we wanted to put start-stop technology on the RS,” explained Tyrone Johnson, engineering and vehicle manager, Ford Performance Europe, in a press release. “So we said, ‘What if we went one step further, and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?’ ”

Production of the Ford Focus RS begins later this year.

This story first appeared on AutoGuide.com