Ford’s rally wannabe Focus RS will cost a shade under $47,000 when it goes on sale across Canada in Spring 2016, with a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder making a “projected” 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Those power figures are higher than what was being kicked around earlier this summer, when U.S. pricing for the car was leaked.

Despite apparently being unsure of the engine’s power figures, Ford seems confident the car will pull off the all-important zero-to-100 km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds; that’s a tenth quicker than Car and Driver saw in their instrumented test of a 2015 Subaru WRX STi.

Ford says the Focus RS’ motor is, fundamentally, the same as that used in the Mustang, but tuned to boost power by “more than 10 percent.”

Like Subie’s WRX, the Focus RS gets all-wheel drive, and a suite of drive modes that includes a ‘drift’ setting to dial back stability control intervention to allow some oversteer. But as a Ford engineer put it to Car and Driver following the RS’ reveal in Geneva, it still keeps an eye on you, watching for signs you’re losing control of the car and straightening things out when you do. Other settings include ‘normal,’ ‘sport,’ and ‘track.’

Just as Ford projects 350 hp/350 lb-ft, it “expects” Canadian Focus RS deliveries to begin in Spring of 2016.


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