Why you should be excited for the new Ford Focus ST

And yes, they've got rid of the hexagonal exhaust pipes

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Ford Performance has a unveiled the all-new Focus ST, a car designed to deliver thrilling performance with the practicality of the everyday family hatchback. Originally aimed at rivalling the Volkswagen GTI, this all new ST gets more power, a quicker 0-60 time and improved driving dynamics.

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The new Focus ST is available with both petrol and diesel engines and in the form of a hatchback or an estate. Which could make it quite appealing for enthusiasts and commuters alike.

The petrol variant uses a 2.3-Litre EcoBoost engine that produces a gigantic 280 horsepower with 420Nm of torque. This increased grunt gives the ST a sub-six second 0-62 mph time. This new engine set up is said to be the most free-revving Focus ST engine ever.

Engine response is further enhanced by the use of a twin-scroll turbocharger, along with a unique exhaust system that minimises back pressure, along with a bespoke air intake system and an optimised intercooler - all of which aid better breathing for the fast Ford.

The new engine line-up creates up to 12% more power and 17% more torque compared to the previous model

The new engine line-up creates up to 12% more power and 17% more torque compared to the previous model

The diesel is no snail either, it uses a 2.0-Litre EcoBlue engine that produces a healthy 190 horsepower and 400Nm of torque, giving it a smooth overtaking capability.

The frugal diesel also uses a low-inertia variable geometry turbocharger with steel pistons for less expansion when hot and an integrated intake system with mirror-image porting. In English, these improvements help deliver maximum performance and result in a 10% increase in power and double the torque compared to the 2.0-Litre Duratec found in the first generation Focus ST.

A unique suspension and braking set-up ensure an agile drive

A unique suspension and braking set-up ensure an agile drive

An electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) has been fitted to the new Focus ST - this is the first time Ford has done this to a front-wheel driven car. This is said to enhance cornering stability and to improve grip levels using the computer-controlled pre-emptive actuation system.

But do you go for the six-speed manual or the seven-speed auto?

But do you go for the six-speed manual or the seven-speed auto?

The six-speed manual gearbox promises a short and sporty throw between gear changes, along with the same rev-matching system that debuted on the latest Ford Mustang. This is part of the optional Performance Pack for the petrol manual model.

Rev-matching will use an electronic control system to briefly blip the throttle as the driver engages a lower gear. This matches the engine rotation speed to whatever gear is selected, making each gear change perfect. This system can also be deactivated if the driver fancies a bit of 'heel and toe' action.

A good looking cabin, similar to the one in the Fiesta ST

A good looking cabin, similar to the one in the Fiesta ST

The seven-speed automatic gearbox has also been optimised for performance by using something called Adaptive Shift Scheduling - which assesses driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. Drivers of the auto gearbox can also manually change gears by using flappy-paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

A supportive set of Recaro seats ensure support and comfort

A supportive set of Recaro seats ensure support and comfort

Selective driving modes ensure that the Focus ST is set for the right driving conditions. Drivers can select 'Slippery/Wet' driving modes for those icy cold winter days, along with 'Sport' mode for a spot of B road blasting. This increases throttle response, shift times and the exhaust note and is activated by a sport button on the steering wheel.

Models equipped with the Performance Pack will have a 'Track' mode that adjusts the electronic systems specifically for racetrack use. This includes an improved braking response, increased steering feedback, maximum traction from the eLSD and a tuneful, yet more aggressive throttle response to help deliver the true potential of the Focus ST. Combine this with the Launch Control system and you've got a serious track car that could take a family of five to school in relative comfort.

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Comments (73)

  • I shouldn’t be excited. Why you ask? IT’S NOT COMING TO THE US. So now I have to watch you guys have fun with an American Car that’s not sold in the US from the other side of the Atlantic and if it’s coming to Australia... I’ll have to spot it across the Pacific too! So should I be excited. No! Do I Need To Save Up For A Military Grade Telescope? Possibly.

      2 years ago
    • Haha. The only thing American about the Focus ST is the Ford badge unfortunately dude.

        2 years ago
    • Shhhhh! i know. it must be kept a secret. this should stay between the two of us.

        2 years ago
  • RIP hexagonal exhausts, one of the best features! It kooks too much like the Hyundai i30N too sadly, I’d rather buy the old gen.

      2 years ago
  • Don’t get excited if you live in America lol 😥

      2 years ago
  • It won’t be coming to the USA so whatever...

      2 years ago
  • Too bad not for USA market big mistake Ford

      2 years ago
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