The strength of the BMW M4 Coupé is evident in every detail.
Feast your eyes on the production version of the all-new Focus ST, complete with a more distinct and sporting design and, naturally, more ponies beneath the bonnet.
And surprise, surprise, there’s even a wagon version too for those dedicated ST fans that have been forced into considering a family-friendly ride. Like us, you might be wondering what happened to the sportier three-door model and though Ford is not saying anything at present, the rumour mill has been whispering about a ‘modern-day Capri’ two-door coupe version for some time now.
Billed as Ford’s first global performance car, to be sold in more than 40 countries, the new Focus ST promises “exhilarating performance, unrivalled handling and addictive sound.” All this while also being more fuel-efficient.
You see, this ST ditches the previous Volvo-sourced five-cylinder engine for Ford’s own new EcoBoost two-litre four-cylinder unit, complete with high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and dual independent variable cam-timing. No mention of a Powershift dual-clutch gearbox for now, but there is a six-speed manual as standard.
While the claimed improvement in fuel consumption of about 20 percent is one thing, what really interests all of us is how much it puts out and there’s great news here too with outputs quoted at 184kW and 350Nm (up from 166kW and 320Nm). Ford also claims that abundant power and torque will be available throughout the rev range.
Those impressive figures are all good and well, but won’t we be forced to miss the distinctive off-beat growl of the previous five-pot motor? Not according to Ford, with claims that its sound engineers worked extensively on the ‘sound symposer’ to give the car an engine note that “will delight enthusiasts in the same way,” in Ford’s words.
The same should go for the handling, with the already renowned Control Blade multi-link rear suspension system, enhanced torque vectoring control that reduces understeer by braking inner wheel where necessary and stiffer shocks and springs. The car’s also been lowered by 10mm and grip is further boosted by a set of 18” alloys. Clients opting for the Performance Pack option can also set themselves apart with black alloy wheels contrasted by red brake calipers.
Even the electronic nanny decided to get a life, with more aggressive tuning of the TSC system allowing drivers to accelerate at full throttle yet still retain grip on dodgy road surfaces by counteracting the torque steer effect, and a revised ESP system putting a greater emphasis on driver enjoyment. The latter has three modes: standard, liberal and completely off.
The enjoyment engineering continues through to the steering system, with Ford’s ‘Sport Steering’ variable-ratio steering rack tuned to be less sensitive in a straight line, but with increased sensitivity around corners.
Just as the exterior of the new Focus ST has a far more distinguished an muscular design than the standard Focus, the interior also receives all the addenda you expect, including special pedals, steering wheel and gearshift as well as Recaro seats and even darker headlining trim on the pillars.
ugly, but the wagon is uglier
Focus will always be the bencmark for handling.
What happened to Ford Modeo 220L? They should also bring Ford Explorer SUV in SA
The new Focus lacks that aggression fascia in general. I would rather buy the RS model. The rear is not ayoba and think the boot space has been compromised.
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All you guys that think it is bland go and have a look at the NEW Focus on the showroom floors now The pictures do not show the lines very well
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@ Grant no actually F Ordentlike Ry Ding
@oupa the comparision to the GOLV R as you put it is Focus RS. Also VW 1.4 tsi pushes 118kw@5800rpm VW Golf GTI 1555100 Ford Focus ST 1666000 RS 2246500 Performance VW 1.4TSI 0100KPH 7.8SEC TOP SPEED 218KPH Focus ST 0100 7.49sec top speed 237kph You wanted to compare (figures from CAR) Finally in Production car Championship Class T Focus ST (DRIVER GARY FORMATO) is beating Golf GTI Proof on the Rally scene Fiesta yes Fiesta beating Golf gti Oops sorry for you
it seema Shaun you do not undestand the role of KW esp. in sport cars. do you know why the previous ST was 165 compared to the 147 of the migthy GTI. the higher the KW the lower for the rev count. one thing GTI do not need that number of KW since it can build a mere 1.4 TSI which perfoms much better that the so called ST. infact people should compare ST to the GOLV R and we'll see which one is the lawnmower.
Anonymous, you keep going on about the GTI. The ST pushes out 188KW versus the GTI sewing machine at 155KW
Pity about the loss of the 5 Cylinder. Althought the petrol consumption on my exisitng one is killing me. Average 18L per hundred if you thrash it.
WOW cant wait! not so sure about wagon. I think you must see it in real life first. when will SA get it? i must start saving my pennies..
The front is really ugly and bland, quite sad, always been a good looking car.
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Unrivaled handling? This was always the case. The Focus battles to stay on the road... GTi Rules
Why do they always forget to put in the price? Such a stupid tactic. It's hideous anyway, so the price certainly won't stop me from going to see it.
I still need to get use to the new front for both the sedan and hatch version. But the rear, one the wagonestate version, looks wicked!! Works well & I like it. Ford might have started something special here with a performance wagon. Cool, well done Ford!!
Well this car is very ugly,the previous ST isstill the best,anyway the colour also downs the car...
I dont like the design, its just too bland.
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