According to Edmunds Inside Line, “the RS is all about the Volvo-engineered 2,522cc five-cylinder engine found in the Focus ST, but it’s been heavily modified.” Continue reading to watch the road test — pit against the BMW 135i and EVO X FQ-300. Click here for first picture in gallery.

A new air-to-air intercooler has been developed as a complement, while the forged crankshaft, silicon-aluminum pistons, graphite-coated cylinder bores, 8.5:1 compression ratio and variable valve timing also up the power output.

[via Edmunds]