August 30, 2012
The new Ford Focus ST 0
The five cylinder engine has been replaced by a four cylinder engine. The new 2.0 litre Ecoboost will be able to hit a maximum of 250 BHP with newly designed engine intake and exhaust systems.
The car will hit UK showrooms along with 39 other countries across the world, making a truly global vehicle. Ford’s economies of scale will be greatly reduced thanks to such a widespread target market.
The interior of the car has wonderfully styled Recaro sports seats, giving away just how powerful the car is. The ST steering wheel represents that the car is made to driven faster.
That is what is most important within ST models, how the car drives, not how it looks. In that respect fans will not be disappointed. The car has great acceleration with minimal turbo lag. But the engine does not like revs as much as the old one did. It’s not all bad, with the car reaching 0 – 62 MPH in 6.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 154 MPH.
The car has improved handling compared to standard Ford Focus sitting 10mm lower than a standard version. The ST looks much better for it too. The suspension overall is quite stiff and comfortable. Everyday usage of the car would certainly not be a pain.
This time round the car has an electrical power steering system with variable ration. It offers more response and feedback. The car’s agility is certainly made the most out of with the new steering system.
Economy wise it hits figures that expect of some family cars. On a combined cycle the Ford Focus ST hits 39.2 MPG and emits just 169g/km of C02.
The car will cost just £21,995 which represents fantastic value for money. It is a great alternative to the Vaxuhall Astra VXR and the Renault Megane RS265 despite not being as fancy.
This could be one of Ford’s strongest weapons this year, with the Ford Focus ST expecting to sell reasonably well. The hot hatchback market is very popular here in the UK and is gaining a strong market throughout Europe.