It won’t arrive on these shores until early next year, but the new Ford Focus ST is already arousing huge interest. And this ST will break new ground by offering a choice of engines - one petrol, the other diesel.
The first diesel Focus ST offers the most fuel‑efficient and lowest CO2 Ford performance car ever - 185 PS 2.0‑litre TDCi achieves 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds, 4.4 l/100 km (64.2 mpg), and 114 g/km CO2.
The 250 PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit delivers 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.5 seconds, fuel efficiency of 6.8
l/100 km (41.5 mpg), and 158 g/km CO2. Both models offer Auto-Start-Stop for the first time that improves the EcoBoost
version’s fuel efficiency by 6% and help make it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever.
Ford has sold more than 140,000 Focus ST models in 40 countries worldwide since the car was first launched in 2002.
The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier new shock absorber tuning front and rear. In combination with the
model-specific anti-roll bars and rear springs from the previous generation ST, these enhancements deliver an even sharper dynamic
The calibration of the Electronic Power Assisted Steering and electronic vehicle control systems also has been revised to meet the
specific sporting requirements of the new Focus ST.
Power delivery refinement under hard acceleration is also assisted by engine mounts engineered specifically to accommodate the performance of the new Focus ST. Additionally, Ford worked with Michelin to develop a new 19” tyre that complements the driving dynamics, especially maximising lateral grip.
The new 185 PS 2.0-litre diesel engine that debuts in the new Focus ST has been optimised to deliver ST performance and character alongside fuel efficiency and everyday practicality.
The increased power output of the ST 2.0-litre TDCi – a 23% gain over the 150 PS 2.0-litre engine in the new Focus range – is
achieved by electronic calibration, a revised air intake system and a new sports-tuned exhaust.
Peak power is developed at 3,500 rpm and there is 400 Nm of torque available from 2,000-2,750 rpm, enabling the new Focus ST diesel to achieve a maximum speed of 217 km/h (135 mph).
Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing technology, and high-pressure direct-injection to deliver uncompromising performance. Peak power is available at 5,500 rpm, 360 Nm of torque is available from 2,000-4,500 rpm, and maximum speed is 248 km/h (154 mph).
Both engines use a 6-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shift. The gear ratios – exclusive
to ST and matched individually to each engine – deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.