There’s really not much difference actually, and it’s probably a case of splitting hairs, but it looks like the USDM version may have a few more ponies if what’s being read in the fine print is right. The European Focus RS’s 2.3 litre EcoBoost four – derived from the EB 23 unit seen on the S550 Mustang – has 350 PS at 6,800 rpm, the pferdestarke rating translating to 345 hp.
Output for the US version, meanwhile, is certified to a rounded-off 350 hp at 6,000 rpm (and on to the engine’s 6,800 rpm redline), which falls exactly on the spot suggested by earlier rumours about the car’s supposed final power output of 350 mechanical horses.
Torque output is likewise similar – the Euro version of the third-gen RS has 440 Nm of twist between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm, but there’s 470 Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost during hard acceleration. The US car’s torque is listed as 475 Nm at 3,200 rpm. Peak turbocharger boost is listed as 23.2 psi.
No performance numbers are mentioned aside from that above, but the American model’s sprint times and top whack shouldn’t veer very far from its Euro sibling, which does the 0-100 km/h run in 4.7 seconds and has a 266 km/h top speed, unless those five newtons and ponies that the breakdown suggests are from another galaxy.
There’s highlighting of a novel feature that wasn’t mentioned on the Euro car, and it’s called stall recovery. In the event a driver stalls the engine, the feature means that there will be no need for drivers to manually restart the engine or move the gear selector to neutral; the tech allows the driver to simply push the clutch back in after a stall and the engine will restart.