I don’t know about you, but I remember the good old Ford classics from my younger days, such as the Escort RS1600i and the bonking mad Escort RS Turbo Mk1 & Mk2.

When I was 21 years old I bought a rather ‘well used’ Mk1 Escort Mexico which I then went on to own for about 23 three years. A few years ago, I sold it and I very much regret it, because no other car I have ever owned since has made me feel as alive at the wheel as that old Mk1 did – and, I doubt I will ever get the chance to own another one now because the prices - even for a banged-up Mk1 Mexico in need of restoration are now many thousands of pounds.

Happily, though - Ford has lent me the new and updated version of the Focus ST and I have to say that it's probably one of the most energetic Fast Ford’s that I have driven in the last couple of years.

So what better way to find out what the new Focus ST had to offer - by taking a drive to the picturesque town of Ross-on-Wye where you will find many wonderful things this side of Christmas such as; The Christmas Markets, the Forest of Dean (always good for a brisk walk) the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills (because they are stunning). So, all that’s left to say is; I wish every single one of you A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Power and Efficiency

Powered by 2.3 Litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine with 420Nm of torque (with overboost) 280PS of Ford Power and a 0-62 time of around 5.7 seconds. Then to finish off, the Focus ST will achieve a top speed of around155mph. Boom!

If you really do want to know about fuel economy, then the highest mpg you can expect to achieve is around 39.9 mpg. Looking good then. If you then decide to give it the beans – expect it to return around 23.9 mpg.

Design & Technology

Following in the footsteps of all its predecessors, the Focus ST comes with the normal hot hatch styling on the outside which would make any boy racers heart beat that little bit faster. The new ST also comes with a vast amount of hidden electronic wizardry and some very tricky technology built in such as; e-LSD (electronically limited-slip differential) and unique ST sport suspension.

Inside its like a normal Focus but with extra gizmos and Recaro partial leather seats along with some nice little ideas like the little rubber door edge strips that pop out from just inside the door edge to protect it from damage - to then hastily retreat inside once the door is closed. That feature alone will make you go all tingly on the inside.

On the road

The Focus ST feels fantastic to drive – and if I’m being honest, it has outstanding driving dynamics and power-to-weight ratio. This is something I have not felt in a while – especially from a four-door saloon. Also, no matter what driving mode you decide to select - the Focus ST will keep you entertained until the end of time.

So, what do you get in the form of equipment, well, as standard you get; 19”5x2 spoke alloy wheels, red brake callipers, unique ST body styling kit, large rear spoiler, alloy finish pedals, adaptive LED headlights, rear-view parking camera, rear privacy glass, B&O Premium Audio System, Dual-zone Electronic Air Temperature Control (DEATC), Ford SYNC 3 featuring 8” colour Touchscreen with Navigation. Plus; rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front & rear parking sensors and Ford KeyFree system.

To sum up

All in all, Ford have once again created a remarkable piece of engineering. Hats off to the boys from Ford for making all my dreams come true once again. If I was looking to buy a hot hatch right about now – then the Focus ST is the only one you need in your stable. Maybe that’s why it just stole my heart.

Ford; Thank You!

Price: (from) £32,495

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