Ford has finally released performance figures for its Focus RS, which is now available to order in Europe, with delivery to customers from early 2016. It will be built in Saarlouis, Germany.

0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 266 km/h is what the 2.3 litre EcoBoost hot hatch can do. This is thanks to 350 PS and 440 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm, with 470 Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost during hard acceleration.

The third-gen Focus RS optimises acceleration by introducing Launch Control technology to a Ford RS model for the first time. It also debuts the new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring.

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The driver selects Launch Control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and then releases the clutch. To achieve maximum acceleration through the gears, a performance shift light in the instrument cluster alerts the driver when approaching the optimum upshift point of 5,900 rpm, and flashes if the engine hits the limit of 6,800 rpm.

The AWD system uses twin electronically-controlled clutch packs to manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and also can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability.

Focus RS drivers can select four different Drive Modes that configure the AWD system, damper controls, ESC, steering and engine responses, and exhaust sound – Normal, Sport and Track settings are available alongside a special Drift Mode for controlled oversteer drifts.

A 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds means that the AWD Focus RS beats the FWD Civic Type R by a full second, although the 310 PS/400 Nm turbo VTEC car has a slightly higher top speed of 269 km/h. The 280 PS/380 Nm VW Golf R, with AWD and DSG, does its thing in 5.0 seconds