Ford launches the new Focus ST
Ford Performance anounced the all-new fourth generation Focus ST, which comes with both petrol and diesel flavours, in hatchback or station wagon bodystyles, with more power and more technology boasting improved performance figures compared to its predecessor.
The all-aluminium four-cylinder 2,3 liter EcoBoost engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, anti-lag technology and an electronically actuated waste-gate, producses 206kW / 280 PS at 5.500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3.000-4.000 rpm, sending the power to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission (with rev-matching function) or through an optional 7-speed automatic. That means the new engine produces and additional 22kw / 30 PS and 80 Nm of torque compared to the Ford Focus ST MK3 (facelift).
According to Ford, the petrol-powered ST will accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than 6 seconds (the older generation completed the sprint in 6,5 seconds).
On the other hand, the diesel-powered Focus ST will be fitted with a 2,0 liter EcoBlue engine producing 190 PS of power at 3,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,000-3,000 rpm, while it will be equiped with a Torque Vectoring Control System which will reduce understeer.
For the first time, the new Focus ST gets an electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) while it also benefits from optional Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) and Selectable Driving Modes: Slippery/Wet, Normal and Sport and Track Drive Modes (Performance Pack only) which adjust eLSD, CCD, EPAS, throttle mapping, automatic transmission shift scheduling, electronic stability control, electronic sound enhancement (ESE) and climate settings to suit the driving scenario.
Other modifications include a sportier suspension which is lowered by 10mm compared to the standard Focus and it is 20% stiffer at the front and 13% stiffer at the rear, larger brakes (330mm discs at the front and 302mm at the back) which are four times more durable, and sharper steering wheel with 15% faster ratio and software for reducing torque steer
Styling-wise, the new ST is aggressive, however we could say that it is more toned-down compared to its predecessors. At the front, the sporty bumper comes from the ST-Line but features a larger area painted in black, honeycomb upper and lower grilles with Active Grille Shutter while the headlights got redesigned LED graphics.
On the profile, the ST is distinguished by the larger 18″ or 19″ rims in dark finish with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, and discreet side skirts, while at the back there is a larger spoiler, and a more pronounced diffuser with dual tailpipes.
Inside, we find Recaro bucket seats upholstered in cloth, leather or leather/Miko Dinamica with embodied ST logos, flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminium ST gear knob, contrasting white stitcing and aluminium pedals. Other features include the 8.0-inch touch screen with SYNC 3 infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 10-speaker B&O Play audio system, DAB radio, built-in sat-nav and reversing camera. Those who will spec for the Performance Pack will also get Launch Control, Shift Lights, Rev-matching and an exclusive ‘Track’ Driving Mode.
As for the safety equipment, it includes adaptive cruise control with stop&go function, Lane-keep Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Park Assist 2 and head-up display.
The new Focus ST will be available in Europe from June 2019. Ford Australia anounced that the hot hatch will be available Down Under from early 2020 with additional pricing and details to be announced closer to on-sale.
“Local enthusiasts have made it clear that there’s a desire for highly engaging performance hatches,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand. “The all – new Focus ST builds on a tradition of legendary hot hatches, and will deliver an exhilarating driving experience as the latest model from Ford Performance”.