• Jan 2, 2008

While Ford keeps on cranking out newer, faster versions of the Mustang for American customers, Ford of Europe is preparing new packages for the Fiesta ST and Focus ST hot-hatches to do the same thing.

The £950 package for the diminutive Fiesta ST pushes power up to 185 hp from its 2-liter four, which is expected to come from upgraded engine management, cylinder heads, a new camshaft and exhaust. All that adds an extra 37 hp to the standard Fiesta ST's 148, dropping a sprint to 60 down half a second to eight flat.

Meanwhile, the larger, more powerful Focus ST gets treated to a similar upgrade, worth about £1,500. This package is tipped to include a new air filter, ECU and exhaust, amounting to a similar 38-horsepower increase in power for a total of 260 that drops the 0-60 blitz down to 5.5 seconds. Thank heavens Ford sells a version of the Focus here that's just as fast. Oh, wait...

Get this: current ST owners in Europe can also get this package retrofitted to currently-owned cars, along with a full-factory warranty on the parts. Europeans, then, will just have to make do with these hot hatch packages a while longer before the 300+ horsepower Focus RS arrives in 2009, at which point Blue Oval fanboys from the U.S. will invade your countries with the intent to drive.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      everyone needs to just relax. these vehicles will be in the U.S. within in the next 2 years. You have to understand that traditionally American buyers did not like the "kinetic design" philosophy employed in Europe. Not to mention the retooling that needs to happen in our plants to accomodate a narrower and overall smaller vehicle. this takes time and money. 2 things Ford is short on currently. The plan is to have a "Global Design Language" and you will start seeing this soon. Look for things like the European Focus, Mondeo, etc. It's happening people, so just chill!


        • 7 Years Ago
        We'll relax when cars like the Euro Focus are in Ford US showrooms. Until then, no we will not and should not relax. We should continue beating Ford upside the head at every opportunity. We must continue beating Ford on the head so that the idiots in Dearborn realize that we want undiluted Euro Ford products. We don't want them dumbed down. We don't want softened suspensions. We don't want three-bar Focus razor grills tacked on every car. We want proper Euro Fords.
        • 7 Years Ago
        relax.

        it's not like when you were 2 and you cried about something and got what you wanted right away. Ford has done careful market studies and has realized this is what people want and they ARE bring them here. you keep saying the exec's need to "realize" something, and the fact is they ALREADY HAVE. they dont snap their fingers and the vehicles appear in the U.S. The ball has been in motion for some time now and these products/euro-flare design ARE coming. Europe has different crash test ratings, etc so engineering changes have to accomodate the U.S. regs. If you have an issue with THAT then call your congress-person.

        so yeah, relax.
        • 7 Years Ago
        CW:

        I'll believe it when I see it in the showrooms. Ford execs are still arguing about design. In other words, the US designers still cannot admit that the Euro designs are superior and are trying to ruin the Euro designs with their ugly razor grill. There are still factions within Dearborn that are trying to protect their turf (and their substandard designs) and dumb down the Euro designs, soften the suspensions, reduce the performance, reduce the content, etc.

        I'm well aware that the idiots in Dearborn did not design the Euro vehicles to US standards and thus it will take time to get them here. I'm not suggesting that by keeping the pressure on that we can change the timetable. What I am suggesting is that by keeping the pressure on we can help ensure that Ford won't backslide.

        Your suggestion is that we trust that Dearborn has finally figured it out. The reality is that Ford has so completely screwed this up time and time again that they have not earned our trust. We MUST keep the pressure on. That will help those within Dearborn beat back the idiots who have screwed it up in the past.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny thing is this is my favorite new model hot hatch and it isn't sold here and its a Ford! I like it better than the A3 and MSmazda3 or even the civic type R we don't get.

      Life's a riot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto that. It drives me crazy how Ford will cry you a river about falling sales, new higher CAFE standards, etc, then refuse to sell some of their best designs in their own country. At some point you just want to give them the bird and buy something Japanese.
      • 7 Years Ago

      As another SVTF owner ('04) as well as owner of a '94 rustang, I
      would easily upgrade to a 2009 RS over a '08 stang if it was
      available in the US. I love my SVTF compared to the stang, and that's
      considering the stang has 3 times the HP (S/C). The SVT is a high
      quality ride, can blow through city streets incredibly fast and carry
      a 17gal air compressor to boot. Who cares about SYNC, when it's
      Microsoft--probably needs a reboot every 3 weeks (or reboots on
      ignition!).

      As for future rides now, I'm only considering a STi or '09 Camaro (if
      it lives upto the hype), or even a G8... Sorry no more Ford until they
      bring'em over... (falcons too). Ford can't bring them cause it would
      result in all those Mustang/Explorer/F150 plant closings--which are in the
      US last I recalled (i.e. all those US workers that buy on plan X to support the company!?), hence, a threat to sales.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn. I really want the Euro Focus. Ford, why must you do this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This news is exciting and depressing all at once... I'm looking for that replacement for my '04 SVTF as well...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sigh. Here we go again. Ford, you suck.

      I want a replacemen for my 2004 Focus SVT, but you have NOTHING to offer. WHY?? Why won't you offer these cars here? There's always an excuse, but none of them to date have made much sense.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If they bring it to North America, will we also see the high mpg diesel? Even better, any chance of an Electric option?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you don't bleed Ford, a Golf GTI my man.

        But seriously, there MUST be a gray importer somewhere. Especially for the Focus RS. It's not as if you can't get them in LHD. Anyone?
        • 7 Years Ago
        For the people in the U.S.

        You can get the european Focus at México in sedán and ST (special team) versions. www.ford.com.mx

        Maybe you could cross to Tijuana, Cd. Juárez or Nvo Laredo to a Ford dealer and meke the paperwork to import it to the U.S.

        • 7 Years Ago
        They sell Volvos over here with "cough" the same 5-cylinder engine (almost). You could probably get most of the servicing done at a decent Volvo dealership. This is making more sense by the minute. Does Ford offer European pick-up? Maybe a trip to Cologne is in your future.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My brother told me at Christmas that Ford is going to have the European Focus for N.A. by next year. He is an engineer who works in the dyno labs at Dearborn. He doesn't work for Ford directly, but he works with one of their suppliers for engine testing. I hope this is true.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So why is it, we get the crappy out-of-Focus and Europe gets the baby Mondeo? I'm glad Ford is flat lining, they deserve to sell off every brand they own, to keep afloat, for treating the domestic market like mindless sheep.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Does anyone at FoMoCo read this stuff? Do they have any idea of how they insult their potential custmers in the U. S. A.?

        It is astonishing to see this level of incompetence in a once great American company!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man ...get over it or move to Europe but please why does every Ford topic have to revolve about what isnt' sold in the US !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        So tell Ford and stop hijacking every single Ford related topic with your whining. Enjoy the article for what it is.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The commentary dwelling on Ford's European offerings is because they DO have better products in that market that forward thinking folks like. We bitch because they could easily make them here.

        GM and Chrysler talk doesn't talk about Euro models, because they have few desirable ones. Yeah, a few Opels will do a lot for Saturn. Good move, should really help them. But don't mention Holden; they're Chevys at heart--Chevy's from twenty years ago, but well made. All Mopar folks can talk about is the damn overweight Challenger and when the company is going to shut the doors.

        Euro Ford fans are frustrated because the company they love could be kicking butt with a few changes in the lineup. If you're a Falcons fan like me, you understand the frustration. Just hope Mullaly doesn't pull a Petrino.

        O.T., but I sure hope Vick comes back when he gets out of the big house.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uh, Pat, you're the one who jumped in to a Euro Ford discussion. I'm hardly a Hijacker. Seeing as how a sizable portion of the comments are of a similar bent as mine, my post is relevant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because, as car enthusiast, most of the posters here would rather have a 240hp Focus than a Focus whose #1 selling point is that is has SYNC from Microsoft (watch the ads, check the Web site, it honestly is the reason they think we'll buy this thing).

        This of course is a symbol of a greater ill that US car enthuisiasts fear more than anything. It's the unmasked synicism of the marketing departments at the big three. The fact that cars are now sold on financing and gadgets above engineering and driving pleasure just pisses-off everyone who thinks of a car as more than an appliance. Marketing really does think that cars are a comodity that you can brand and sell. They never get it that if you have a good product to begin with it brands and sells itself. They don't want this because, well, that puts them out of a job. So, the whining will continue until Ford realizes it costs less to bring over a good car, than try and market a bad one.

      • 6 Years Ago
      in mexico we have the focus st 2009!..
        • 6 Years Ago
        just cross the border and buy one here!..
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Allen Mulally (Ford CEO) interview on Autoline Detroit was interesting. He indicated that they will be changing to global platforms as time goes on. He did say that the products will be somewhat taylored for each market though. On a side note, it was an interesting interview... Speaking about the 35mpg CAFE, it sounds like they'll be working at using lighter materials along with more efficient engines. Lighter cars will be great for everyone.

      http://www.autolinedetroit.tv/show/1145
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mike, you're completely right. Ford CAN sell a quality, sporty hatchback in the low twenties. People will get it, and buy it. But like you said, that basically kills a lot of Explorer sales. But guess what Ford, you're losing those sales to other brands anyway. Where the hell did you think all those A3 buyers came from? They're not trading down from an A4 or a Bimmer. They're getting a smaller car, but not the eighties smaller car, they want something to replace the feeling they get from driving around up high in their SUVs. Not the same thing, but something new.

        Ford should have renamed the old Focus something Asian sounding and still slapped on the cheapo price. They should have also brought the top-end euro Focuses (Focae?) over and sold them in the $20k-$25k range. Easy. Where's my bonus?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Does anyone know Just What about the European Focus has to be changed for the US market? It's too sexy?
        It's too interesting? It's too cool?

        It'll take away sales from Explorers? Oh yeah, never mind.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Ford sell cars like this in the domestic market? I was in the UK and saw little Fords everywhere, people love them there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      185hp and still only an 8 sec 0-60? 185hp ain't too shabby from a 2.0l but that still seems kind of slow to me.
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