Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
December 20, 2016

Ford’s engines are no stranger to accolades from all manner of outlets and one of the most prestigious is Ward’s annual 10 Best Engines award. For 2017 the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four powering the all-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS has earned a place on said list—the first time the specially engineered engine has taken home a prize. Ford has been honored with the Ward’s 10 Best Engines award 28 times since the inception of the award, placing Ford in third place overall for number of awards, just behind GM (29) and BMW (32), earning at least one award every year since 1995 except for 2004.

Ford’s high-output 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel in the 2017 Focus RS. It features a bevy of tricks up its sleeve to offer a premium driving experience for customers of the performance hatchback. The impressive engine output comes courtesy of an all-new, low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with a larger compressor wheel that delivers more airflow and power throughout the rpm range, taking the Focus RS from 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The hot hatch also offers four different drive modes (including a drift mode!), and pioneers innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring for class-leading cornering speed. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is also available as an option for the Ford Mustang since 2015. In that application, it churns out 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.