This is the new Ford Focus ST
Ford has revealed the new Focus range-topper, the 206kW front-driving beasty called ST.
The Blue Oval has given the new Focus a leg up with the 2.3-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine from the old RS making 206kW/420Nm, paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. It should make the car a wee stormer, with anti-lag technology from the Ford GT supercar making its way into the hot hatch. This keeps the throttle open when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. Ford says it “alleviates the reversal of airflow from the turbocharger to maintain compressor wheel speed and enables boost pressure to build faster on demand.” Sounds good to us.
Meanwhile, the manual has been tweaked with a throw reduction of seven per cent compared with the standard Focus. Ford’s rev-matching technology that debuted on the latest Mustang is standard for manual models.
There are no performance figures to hand but we’d expect the automatic version to be slightly quicker to 100km/h.
Visually, the ST differentiates itself with 19-inch alloys wrapped in 35/35 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres as standard, with suspension that lowers ride height by 10mm over the regular Focus. Brakes are 330mm front units and 302mm rears, with red brake calipers. These were put through the same test procedures as the Ford GT and the company says the system now has nearly four times the fade resistance of the previous Focus ST stoppers.
There’s also a honeycomb front grille, LED headlights and taillights, unique front and rear bumpers with LED fog lights and bespoke side skirts. Around back are twin chrome-tipped exhausts which should provide a nice bark to go with the bite of the powertrain.
Ford New Zealand hasn’t yet divulged ST pricing but it will arrive here in Q1 next year. As an indicator, Aussies will pay $AU44,690 for the new ST.