Ford Focus ST MK3 (facelift)
The updated Ford Focus ST MK3 (facelift) made its global debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, offering redesigned exterior, new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, bespoke tyre specification and two engine options.
The first diesel Ford Focus ST takes day-to-day usability and sportiness to a new level by delivering the most fuel efficient and lowest CO2 Ford performance car ever; 2.0 litre TDCi producing 185hp and 400 Nm of torque, achieves 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds, top speed of 217km/h (135mph), average consumption of 4.4 l/100 km (64.2 mpg), and low emissions of 114 g/km CO2. For customers who prefer petrol, the 2.0 liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine producing 250hp (184kw) and 360Nm of torque (also used from its predecessor) delivered 0-100 km/h 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 per cent. Both engines use a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shift.
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 performance. 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. Other updates included Electronic Transitional Stability function, Revised Electronic Torque Vectoring Control, and power delivery refinement under hard acceleration. Additionally, Ford worked with Michelin to develop a new 19-inch tyre that complements the driving dynamics, especially maximising lateral grip.
On the outside, the most obvious change is the redesigned front end with more aggressive headlights, sportier bumper and sculpted hood. At the back, the car features slimmer tailights and twin-hexagonal centre tailpipes. Black lamp bezels, ST badging and new 19-inch ST Design alloy wheels complete the look. Inside, the cockpit is redesigned for a simpler and more intuitive layout. Driver assistance, convenience and connectivity technologies including Ford SYNC 2 connectivity system that offers access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones using voice control and a high-definition, 8-inch colour touchscreen. An additional bank of three gauges is situated on the instrument binnacle and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information. Other changes include a flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim, a satin chrome-topped gear lever and ST pedals.
Ford Focus ST MK3 (facelift)
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320 mm Ventilated Discs
271 mm Discs