The Focus ST, a C-segment A-Lister, has finally been christened with a price tag and it starts at £22k, The Focus ST is available with both the 250bhp EcoBoost petrol engine and the 185bhp TDCi 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The Focus ST-1, and ST-2 features the ST body styling kit, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch unique ST alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights as standard.
The ST-3 is offered as the top-of-the-range model, its really an exercise in styling and features upgrades including red brake calipers, SYNC 2, illuminated scuff plates and “Rock Metalic” alloys.
Eco warriors with tendencies to perform handbrake turns in abandoned housing estates will be pleased to know that CO2 emissions have been reduced by 10g to 159g with the diesel Focus ST now spluttering out 110g/km.
The engineers have worked hard to ensure the Focus ST handles like it’s on rails by tuning the steering for quicker turn-in responses.
A new control system, Electronic Transitional Stability, acts as a driver assist to enhance and not impair the driving experience when making sudden changes at speed. For example when driving away from the police for failing to give insurance details.
The Electronic Torque Vectoring Control software has been revised, this byword for traction control is programmed to optimise torque distribution and maximise traction through corners.
We’ll leave the last word to Joe Bakaj, vice president of Product Development. Take it away Joe. “The new Focus ST delivers an even more sophisticated balance of performance, driving dynamics, refinement and style.”
Joe added, “Its now even more enjoyable and rewarding to drive and with the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own.”
Overall the Focus ST is sold in 40 territories worldwide, the series model was launched in 2002, 140,000 people have bought one with 43,600 finding homes in the UK.
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