Ford reveals new Focus ST hot hatch
Ford has revealed a road-ready Focus ST, the performance version of the popular 2012 hatchback.
Set for launch in 2012, the new Ford Focus ST was first unveiled 12 months ago as a concept car but the Frankfurt Motor Show was the venue for the revealing of the full production version this week.
Performance comes from a 2.0-litre engine, which replaces a larger 2.5-litre EcoBoost petrol used on previous generations without a loss in power.
The turbocharged engine delivers 247bhp and 265 lb-ft and, matched to a six-speed manual transmission, offers 25bhp more than the previous generation.
Ford says the use of its celebrated EcoBoost technology means the new Ford Focus ST will reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent over previous versions, but official figures have not been released.
Available in both hatchback and estate form, the new Ford Focus ST hot hatch features tweaks to the suspension and steering controls to cope with the extra torque.
All models also feature a central exhaust to give the car a better sound in keeping with its hot hatch status.
Meanwhile, three trim levels will be available; ST1, ST2 and ST3. The entry-level model gets alloy wheels, Recaro seats and keyless entry, while ST2 adds part-leather upholstery, climate control and automatic lights.
As expected, the top level ST3 specification adds a full leather interior and extra equipment such as bi-xenon headlamps.
The Ford Focus ST hatchback and Ford Focus ST Wagon were revealed alongside a new Ford Fiesta ST concept, hinting at an entire range of ST models in the new Ford range.
The Ford Focus ST will go on sale in the UK towards the middle of 2012 and prices will be announced closer to launch date.