Ford has announced that its new Focus RS high-performance hatchback will deliver a maximum power output of 349bhp.
The Ford Performance-developed model features a unique version of the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that debuted with the new Ford Mustang.
Ford will demonstrate the performance of the new hot hatch to the public for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, where Ken Block Gymkhana and World Rallycross star will tackle the famous Hillclimb at the wheel of a prototype car.
Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, said: "We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 349bhp under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver. The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it's ready for the challenge."
With the Focus RS, the carmaker is introducing its Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The innovative system helps deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment by combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed.
The Focus RS is the first RS model equipped with selectable Drive Modes including an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts and Launch Control.
Spectators at the Festival of Speed can watch as Ken Block drives the new Focus RS up the famous Goodwood hill between Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.