Ford Focus ST (2005–2011)

Model History

October 2005

Focus ST details revealed

Well-proven 5 cylinder 2,522cc 20v Volvo engine, as in S40/V40, develops 225PS at 6,100rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1,600rpm. Top speed 151mph, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. Most powerful Focus to date. Lapped Nurbürgring 10sec faster than original Focus RS. Colours include Performance Blue, Panther Black, Colorado Red, Sea Grey and Electric Orange. 4,362mm x 1,840mm x 1,497mm. Kerb weight 1317/1362kg. 30.37mpg combined. CO2 224g/km.

Standard spec for £17,495 includes unique 18in alloy wheels, three-spoke leather-clad steering wheel, special ST body styling, a large rear spoiler, Recaro sports seats, black headliner, 'submarine' lighting, six-speed close-ratio gearbox, additional instrument pod containing a turbo boost pressure gauge, and oil temperature and pressure dials.

Focus ST 2 at £18,495 has an MP3-compatible Sony CD/radio system, Xenon Headlamps, heated front windscreen and ESP traction and stability management. Focus ST 3 £19,495 has electric 10-way adjustable Recaro front seats, full leather trim and a Sony six-CD autochanger.

Additional stiffness at the front has been achieved by adding an extra cross-member across between the MacPherson struts by the bulkhead. Front springs stiffened by 30 per cent, dampers recalibrated. Rear springs stiffened by 30 per cent and anti-roll bar diameter increased by 5 per cent. Overall ride height lowered by 25mm. 320mm diameter front ventilated discs fitted with large calipers and high-performance pads. Tyre size standard 225/40 R 18. Standard electronically controlled ABS with EBD and optional Electronic Brake Assist (EBA).

November 2007

Ford announced the Focus ST500

Priced from £20,495 and based on Focus ST3. All finished in metallic black with classic silver bonnet, roof and side stripes which are designed to echo the livery of the winning GT40 in the 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966. Also scarlet leather Recaro sports seats and matching upholstery, special ST500 badging, automatic Xenon high-intensity headlamps, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and solar-reflect windscreen.

March 2008

Facelift introduced

Same 225 PS, 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder Volvo engine. Potential 150mph top speed with 0-60mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds. Standard production Focus ST set a segment-leading record time of 8 minutes 35 seconds around the Nordschleife circuit at Nürburgring.

Retains its simple ST, ST-2 and ST-3 trim grades and three or five-door hatchback bodystyles. It is priced from £18,250 - £20,850. Every Focus ST has 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, sports styling, body-hugging Recaro sports seats, a unique sports steering wheel and upgraded instrumentation. New to this generation of ST are the 'Ford Power' starter button and Easyfuel capless refuelling system. Upgrading to ST-2 adds a Sony audio system, bi-xenon lights, LED rear lights and Quickclear heated windscreen while the ST-3 includes an in-dash six CD player plus full leather trim.

In common with other 2008 Focus models, a range of high-tech options can be specified. Among the list is a Tyre Deflation Detection System, a new audio connectivity module for external devices like Bluetooth, voice control and navigation systems plus various infotainment options including an affordable sat nav system with SD card slot.

September 2008

Mountune Performance package offered from £1,120 (plus fitting) and consists of a larger intercooler, a high-flow air filter and revised engine calibration. Together, this lifts power output from Ford’s potent 2.5-litre Duratec ST engine from 225PS to 260PS at 5,500rpm and from 320Nm to 400Nm at 2,500rpm. Reduces the 0-60mph by 0.6sec to 5.9sec, and the 0-100mph time by 1.9sec to 14.1sec. Performance gain follows similar Mountune upgrades for the popular Fiesta ST which have been made available from Ford dealers earlier this year. Both have been verified on British B roads and over numerous laps of the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Developed by Mountune Performance in association with Ford Team RS, these packages will only be available at selected specialist Ford dealers' from Sept 2008. The upgrades carry a minimum of 12 months/12,000-mile dealer warranty up to a maximum of three years/36,000 miles. The upgrade kit does not affect the vehicle warranty.

What does a Ford Focus ST (2005 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £29,815
Buy new from £26,816