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7 New Cars That the 2016 Ford Focus RS Can Outflex

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2016 Ford Focus RS

The all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS can beat out some tough competition

A few months ago, it was leaked that the 2016 Ford Focus RS’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder would produce 345 horses (though Ford will not confirm this). With such an incredible power output from such a small engine, I was curious to see how other cars on the market today compared to the newest Hot Hatch. AutoGuide had some good research.

2015 Nissan 370Z

2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO CAS

2015 Nissan 370Z

Despite needing a major styling update, the 370Z is still an outstanding sports car with plenty of power. However, the 3.7-liter V6 still doesn’t produce enough power to out-do the RS with only 332 hp.

2015 Subaru WRX STI

2015 Subaru WRX STI grille

2015 Subaru WRX STI

The closest true competitor to the RS, the WRX STI comes standard with four-wheel drive and features an all-new look for 2015. While the new design may not be much of a head-turner, it knows how to use the power it has: 305 coming from a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder–which is more than a few horses shy of the RS.

2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

This sporty coupe from the luxury brand of Nissan is one of the more powerful V6s on this list with its large 3.7-liter V6 producing 330 horses. It’ll be interesting to see what design changes Infiniti makes after the Q60 concept debuted a few months ago.

2015 Audi S5

2015 Audi S5

2015 Audi S5

A seemingly often forgotten performance machine, the Audi S5 gets the most of out a 3.0-liter TFSI with 333 hp–just about 10 shy of the Focus RS.

2015 BMW M235i xDrive Coupe

BMW M235i

The BMW M235i XDrive Coupe

As one of the hottest performance cars currently on the market, the M2 is a grin-inducing machine. Offering plenty of power in a small package is the recipe for success, and this M does it on the money. But in the end, the 3.0-liter TwinPower turbo inline-six produces less power than the RS at 320 horses.

2015 Jaguar F-Type

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

When the F-Type was introduced, it was a sign that the Jaguar of old was back. With a new elegant yet savage design and road-eating engine, this Coupe will break necks. The beefy 3.0-liter V6 supercharged produces power at 340 hp, a few shy of the RS.

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS

Currently the most powerful Cayman in the Porsche line up, this fine-tuned GTS takes the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine up to 340 horses. This is the single most surprising car on the list, as Porsche is considered to be the pinnacle of performance.

If the horsepower rumors are indeed true for the Ford Focus RS, the rest of the automotive world will be heading to the drawing board to look for ways to milk even more power from their engines going forward.

News Source: AutoGuide

  • Mike Affourtit

    Michael Affourtit was born to work in the automotive industry, he lives and breathes everything cars. But when he isn’t reading, writing, fixing, or cleaning cars, he likes to spend his time outside. You can often find him out on a hike with his wife and their two dogs, on a bike ride, or ice skating.

  • Steven Rounds

    All of these comparisons need to have a hp-to-weight ratio listed. And the U.S. car is described by Ford as having 350 bhp and 350 lb/ft of torque. The max g-force on a skid pad would also be nice to compare. I put my order in on a Focus RS with forged wheels and the Sport Cup 2’s on October 12th. I had been considering a used Cayman S. But the sophisticated torque vectoring of th RS sold me.