Ford Focus ST (2012–2015)
Ford revealed details of the new Focus ST
At the heart of the second generation Focus ST is a high-output 250PS derivative of the efficient and advanced new manifold in head 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine.
Succeeding the Volvo derived turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit of the current European model, this unique 250PS Ford EcoBoost engine is being specially developed for the new Focus ST to ensure that the car gets the muscular performance – and the inspirational sound – which it deserves. It also marks the first application of the four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine in a high performance model.
Compared to the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine used in other Ford vehicles, the 250PS unit features re-designed intake and exhaust systems and a unique engine calibration to deliver the desired level of power and responsiveness. The engine retains the strong torque delivery which is a feature of Ford EcoBoost designs, with a broad, flat torque curve offering a maximum output of 360Nm.
One of a completely new generation of downsized, high-efficiency, low-CO2 petrol engines from Ford, the manifold in head 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost is a lightweight, all-aluminium design which combines three technologies – high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing – to create an advanced combustion system which brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to petrol engines in this power range.
This ultra efficient 250PS engine therefore not only delivers over 10 per cent more power and torque than the current 2.5-litre unit, it is also estimated to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by more than 20 per cent.
The standard transmission for the Focus ST is a 6-speed manual gearbox, optimised with more sporting ratios carefully matched to the performance characteristics of the engine. Tyre size of all 235/40 R18 Goodyear Eagle.
Ford Team RS performance vehicle specialists have a mission: to ensure that the new Focus ST delivers the pure performance and handling everyone expects from a genuine Ford ST model.
Compared to the standard Focus, the ST model will feature a comprehensive range of enhancements including a chassis lowered by 10mm, a substantially different variable ratio steering system, high performance brakes and unique suspension tuning, that will enable the vehicle to deliver the acclaimed ST handling agility and poise.
Naturally, the ST will also benefit from the performance improvements being delivered by the next-generation Focus vehicle architecture. Features like a stronger, stiffer body structure, optimised front and rear suspension system designs, and a new electric power assisted steering (EPAS) system all contribute to superior vehicle dynamics and improved refinement.
The new Ford Focus ST features a distinctive sports exterior, providing significant functional and aerodynamic benefits and clearly differentiating the ST derivative from other models in the new Focus family. The Focus ST features unique front- and rear-end designs, together with muscular extended rocker panels and striking new alloy wheels based on the classic Y-spoke ST pattern. The more sporting design language is particularly evident at the front, where the twin upper and lower grilles of the standard car are replaced by a prominent new one-piece design incorporating a hexagonal mesh finished in high gloss black.
The front spoiler has a deep central splitter framed by small motorsport-inspired spoiler blades on either side, which sweep round and encompass the fog lamps. The spoiler blades are linked to the rest of the body lines through the grille structure, which is reminiscent of the similar treatment in the current Focus RS model. The more assertive, sporting character of the front is completed by details like the gloss black finish to the headlamp bezels, and the bold red ST badge on the one-piece grille.
From the side, muscular extended rocker panels emphasise the lowered chassis, and the bold wheel arches are filled with 19-inch alloy wheels which are the latest evolution of the classic Y-spoke ST wheel. The rear bumper and lower fascia have prominent diffuser-style vents on either side which mirror the form of the front spoiler blades.
Rear lamps with a dark smoked tint enhance the sporty feel. The new Focus ST has a high-performance exhaust system, which exits the vehicle through a central dual-pipe outlet. The exhaust outlet has been given a highly-distinctive design treatment with a strong kinetic form which emulates the design themes on the rest of the car.
The car’s aerodynamic package is completed by a highly effective integrated roof spoiler, which has been optimised to deliver improved high-speed stability and reduced drag.
Focus ST goes on sale
Priced from a competitive £21,995, which undercuts the prices of rivals such as the Golf GTI.
All Focus ST are powered by a 4 cylinder 2.0-litre chain cam direct injection EcoBoost turbocharged engine, with a power output of 250PS, EC fuel economy of 39.2mpg and emissions of 169g/km. The chassis and steering have all been tuned to improve handling .
The ST comes with a striking body kit, featuring a central exhaust, trapezoidal front grille and large alloy wheels . If buyers really want to stand out, Tangerine Scream orange paint is offered as an option.
Three trim levels are offered – ST, ST-2 and ST-3. The ST comes on 18 inch alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 Goodyear Eagle, cloth trimmed Recaro seats, manual air-con, keyless start, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. ST-2 models get partial leather trim, an improved audio system , rain sensitive wipers, auto headlights and a Quickclear screen.
Top models benefit from full leather trim, heated front seats, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, keyless entry and power folding mirrors.
The Focus ST hatchback is priced from £21,995 and the estate from £23,095. Orders taken from June 2012. First deliveries September 2012. 169g/km puts the Focus ST outside the limit for many companies and means heavy tax on BIK for company drivers. So rather than price it to be discounted to fleets (or anyone prepared to haggle) Ford has priced it at a level to appeal directly to private buyers.