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345hp Ford Focus RS drifts (VIDEO)

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The power outputs for the new Ford Focus RS have been confirmed along with the fact that it should be pretty handy at drifting as demonstrated in this new video. 

Ford has confirmed power outputs for its new all-wheel drive Focus RS hot hatch. The 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo is similar to the one found in the new 2015 Mustang but here it develops a punchier 345hp and 324lb-ft of torque. However, the engine also has an over boost function which yields 347lb-ft of torque for up to fifteen seconds of full throttle action. These are fairly big numbers for a hot hatch, with only the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 delivering more horsepower, but the Ford should be much less expensive than these German pocket rockets. The Ford Focus RS is likely to compete with the VW Golf R and Honda Civic Type R on price, both of which significantly less powerful than the RS.

While Ford has confirmed the headline power figures for the new Focus RS hot hatch, its yet to reveal any performance figures including a 0-62mph time. Given the all-wheel drive system and grunt available it should comfortably reach 62mph in less than five seconds – provided you can shift quick enough because the Ford Focus RS is manual only.

The all-wheel drive system should help traction, but it also features a ‘drift’ setting that allows the car to slide like a rally weapon. You can check out some Ford Focus RS drift action by watching the video below.