Even though the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with plenty of modern supercars and classic racers,there’s at least one hatchback visitors were anxious to see. I’m talking about the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the 345-horsepower hot-hatch that outguns everything in its class but the wild 2015 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and 2015 Audi RS3. With that much power under its belt, an AWD system that can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle, and an aggressive body kit, the Focus RS was one of the most anticipated appearances at this year’s Festival of Speed.

And Ford left no one disappointed, sending the hot-hatch up the famous hill with Ken Block behind the steering wheel. Sure, there’s wasn’t much drifting except for a quick slide in the first turn, but the sound of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine at full throttle was spellbinding to say the least.

If one minute of action up Goodwood’s hill isn’t enough though, you’ll have to wait a few more months until the Focus RS arrives at a dealership near you, as the hatch isn’t scheduled to reach its first owners until early 2016.

As a brief reminder, Ford’s 345-horsepower and 324-pound-feet five-door uses the Mustang’s 2.3-liter turbo-four and a new AWD system with dynamic torque vectoring, launch control, and selectable drive modes. It also comes with a Drift Mode, which those of you looking to play Ken Block (on an enclosed track, of course) should find very entertaining.

2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS Exterior
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Find out more about the 2016 Ford Focus RS in our detailed review here.

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