cosworth escort

The Ford Focus RS is here, and it’s 4WD

Hot hatch sports ‘over 316bhp’ and rather less torque steer. Watch out, Golf R. Watch out EVERYTHING

In 1992, Ford released the Escort RS Cosworth, a turbocharged, four-wheel drive, big-winged hot hatch to scare the pants off pretty much everything on the road.

Fast-forward 23 years, and Ford has just released the Focus RS, a turbocharged, four-wheel drive, big-winged hot hatch to scare the pants off pretty much everything on the road.

Yes, the third-generation Focus RS is here, and yes, Ford’s hottest of hot hatches is four-wheel drive. And powerful.

How powerful? Though we don’t have precise figures yet, Ford puts projected output at ‘over 316bhp’ courtesy of a 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder, with as much as 330bhp possible. The similarly four-wheel drive VW Golf R makes 296bhp, the new Honda Civic Type R ‘over 276bhp’. In fact, in hot hatch world, only the 355bhp Merc A45 and 362bhp Audi RS3 boast greater punching power. [x]