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New Ford Focus 1.0-litre

Shocking news! The Ford Focus 1.0-litre will soon walk among us.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 24, 2011
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Shocking news! The Ford Focus 1.0-litre will soon walk among us. Now, I know what you are thinking. “What is the point of having such a tiny engine in a family car?” The key here is to understand the difference between engine 'displacement' and 'power'. The '1.0- litre' refers to the cubic capacity of the cylinders – not the power output. Two engines with the same displacement can, therefore, have totally different performance figures. For example, the Mercedes-Benz SLK is available with a 1.8-litre 204ps engine. In contrast, the Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi only produces 140ps. Despite having the same 'displacement', the German sports car is far more powerful than the family-friendly Astra. Good thing too.

Furthermore, the latest technology ensures that respectable performance can be squeezed from engines with pint-sized displacements. Monstrous units are rarely required these days, hence the demise of Jaguar's 6.0-litre V12. As such, Ford's 1.0-litre three- cylinder power plant will produce up to 125ps. Even the smaller version will knock-out 100ps. It will appear in the Focus next year, then the B-Max, C-Max, and Grand C-Max. If you are still unconvinced consider this - Formula 1 cars will soon have 1.6-litre engines.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 24, 2011