Brentwood, England - Ford has pulled the covers off the hotly anticipated, new-generation Focus ST and you could say that it's a 'baby RS' at heart.
As expected, the new ST inherits a detuned version of the 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost turbopetrol engine found in the previous Focus RS as well as the Mustang.
In Focus ST guise, the motor produces 206kW at 5500rpm and 420Nm from 3000 revs (up from the current 2-litre car’s 184kW and 360Nm) and Ford is promising a 0-100km/h sprint in under six seconds.
Certain markets will also get a diesel option in the form of Ford’s 2-litre EcoBlue oil burner, tuned to 140kW and 400Nm.
Power goes to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox, with rev-matching technology on cars equipped with the optional Performance Pack, or a new seven-speed automatic.