Ford has announced the market debut of its new Focus ST, which is set to be the Blue Oval’s first global performance model, going on sale in 40 countries around the world. Deliveries of the car, which made its debut in Paris last year, begin from September. It’ll be available in five-door hatchback and estate forms.
The ST is powered by a 2.0 litre Ti-VCT EcoBoost mill offering 250 PS and 360 Nm, and performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 248 km/h. It’s paired to a six-speed manual transmission with specially-revised gearing.
The engine also emits a distinctive soundtrack, engineered to be appreciated regardless whether heard from inside or outside the car. For those in the car, a newly-enhanced sound symposer relays the engine sound directly from the intake into the cabin. The exhaust system, with a unique twin hexagonal centre exhaust tailpipe, has also been tuned to deliver a refined sound at lower RPMs and a purposeful growl as the revs rise.
The performance is complemented by enhanced dynamics and a comprehensive range of driver assistance features. A new Sport Steering System variable ratio steering rack reduces steering sensitivity when driving in a straight line and increases sensitivity when cornering, and the steering wheel can be turned to almost full lock through tight corners and hairpins without the driver needing to remove either hand to change position.
Meanwhile, the electronic power assisted steering system has been specially calibrated for the car, and detects and counters torque steer using a more aggressively pitched version of Ford’s Torque Steer Compensation (TSC). As for the ESP, there are three distinct modes – drivers can turn ESP on for a tuned version of the system found throughout the Focus range; a reduced or wide-slip mode disables traction control and activates ESP only when absolutely necessary; and finally, ESP can be switched off altogether.
There’s also Torque Vectoring Control (TVC), which applies brake torque to the inner wheel through a corner to reduce understeer, as well as Cornering Under Steer Control (CUSC), which applies torque to create yaw torque based on the vehicle’s understeer behaviour prior to ESP, both in power-on and power-off conditions.
The rear suspension has also been revised, with a number of new parts developed specially for the car, uprated suspension knuckles and an all-new anti-roll bar design among them. Uprated shock absorbers and springs ower the chassis by 10 mm compared to base Focus versions, and the car sits on specially-developed Goodyear Eagle rubbers.
Inside the car, unique bits include a specially-designed steering wheel, gearshift and pedals, as well as darker headlining and trim on the pillars, in keeping with the ST flavour. Customised Recaro seats are to be found in front, while an all-new bench made with special foam equips the back. Three trim levels are available, these being called ST1, ST2 and ST3. As for external shades, a new signature colour, Tangerine Scream, joins Spirit Blue, Race Red, Black, White and Silver on the palette list.