• Apr 28th 2008 at 1:28PM
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Today's reminder of how much more awesome the Euro-market Ford Focus is than our own comes from Ford UK, where the latest, greatest Focus ST goes on sale starting Thursday. As you're probably well aware, in ST trim the newly-restyled Euro Focus gets the once-over from Ford Europe's in-house tuning arm, TeamRS. The standard engine offerings are replaced by a turbocharged 2.5L five-banger underhood that's good for 225 PS (around 223 hp), is mated to a six-speed stick, and lets the Focus ST do 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds. According to Ford, the new ST also lapped the Nordschleife in 8:35. The exterior is dressed up with 18-inch wheels, the expected body kit and available racing stripes. Inside, the proper cockpit gets a push-button starter and Recaro seating. Depending on the ST trim level selected (there are three) and available options chosen, you can add all manner of comfort and convenience features to the spiffy-looking pocket rocket. Even Bluetooth... but not SYNC. Something tells us the Brits aren't crying in their beers over this.

Yes, we know that the next-gen Focus will be global and that the U.S. will share the same car sold in Europe. No, that doesn't make looking at this any easier in the meantime. Ford's official missive is pasted after the jump.

[Source: Ford]


* New look for turbocharged flagship Focus ST
* Upgraded interior with premium features
* Priced from £18,250 - £20,850
* Created by Ford TeamRS division

BRENTWOOD, Essex, April 28, 2008 – Fast, fun and fabulously good looking, a new version of Ford's performance flagship Focus goes on sale at dealerships across Great Britain from May 1.

Created by Ford TeamRS, the company's dedicated performance vehicle arm, the 2008 Focus ST benefits from the new exterior and interior styling changes introduced across the rest of the Focus line-up earlier this year. Importantly though, while offering new technologies and features, the car's well-honed dynamics remain untouched.

At the heart of the matter is the familiar 225 PS, 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder Duratec engine. Powerful, and accompanied by a suitably sporty soundtrack, this powerhouse delivers a potential 150mph top speed in tandem with 0-62mph acceleration in just 6.8 seconds.

Indeed, as a measure of this car's ability, a standard production Focus ST set a segment-leading record time of 8 minutes 35 seconds around the Nordschleife circuit at the famed Nürburgring.

This sort of achievement requires more than just brute power and the Focus ST remains one of the sharpest handling cars in its class. In fact, the ST may well be the definitive choice for enthusiastic drivers who also demand comfort around town and an array of subtle suspension enhancements ensures this is still the case.

A powerful braking system is top of this list while Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Traction Control are now standard on all versions.

The Focus ST has always provided lots of choice and the range retains its simple ST, ST-2 and ST-3 trim grades and three or five-door hatchback bodystyles. It is priced from £18,250 - £20,850.

Every Focus ST boasts 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, sports styling, body-hugging Recaro sports seats, a unique sports steering wheel and upgraded instrumentation. New to this generation of ST are the 'Ford Power' starter button and Easyfuel capless refuelling system. Upgrading to ST-2 adds a Sony audio system, bi-xenon lights, LED rear lights and Quickclear heated windscreen while the ST-3 includes an in-dash six CD player plus full leather trim.

In common with other members of the 2008 Focus family, a range of high-tech options can be specified. Among the list is a Tyre Deflation Detection System, a new audio connectivity module for external devices like Bluetooth, voice control and navigation systems plus various infotainment options including an affordable sat nav system with SD card slot.

Combining bold looks with a thrilling driving experience and numerous new features, Ford's new and improved Focus ST is the definitive hot hatch.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      So... what is everyone going to complain about when Ford NA and Ford EU have the same vehicles? This is a serious question, because I doubt most of the enthusiasts on here could ever be happy with Ford NA, but at some point in the very near future, all of Ford's platforms will be aligned globally. I guess you'll just start hating everything Ford?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice.. that would make an excellent Daily Driver. Then I could save the same amount in gas for my Evolution IX that i would pay for car payments for this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Drool. I love how those lucky euros get all the hot hatches like this and the Civic type R.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's already on sale... and has been for about a month.

        You guys really need a euro correspondant.

        These cars are phenominal to be in, when they have the uprated cams they're outputting around 250hp, however most are R'R'ded at around 280hp, these are just beasts.

        Unlike the VXR, these won't torque steer you into a tree.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Civic isn't actually a good example: the European hatchback has a significanty less sophisticated suspension than the North American Si sedan or coupe. The Euro version is a little more tightly suspended, but power is more or less a wash and that torsion beam rear doesn't help it much. Other than packaging; the Euro Civic has rear seats that can pull the same tricks as the Fit's--that semi-independent suspension at work again--we have the better car.

        Now, as for the Focus, yes, we've gotten the shaft on this continent since the SVT Focus was discontinued.
          • 7 Years Ago
          psarhjnian: do remember that Europeans also get the more sophisticated 4-door sedan Type R as well as the European-built hatch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ken thanks for that smack down on the currency conversion idiots, I want to poke my eyes out when I read comments like Bill's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We are getting the ST in Mexico next week !!!
      For now, Ford is selling the Euro-sedan version:

      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm going to just pile on the same question everyone else is asking... just because I think the volume of protest says something in itself.

      WTF Ford? Are you blind?? Our Focus sucks. Why don't you make some "bold moves" and sell that Focus over here?!

      "American's don't do hatchbacks" my ass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Few on this forum seem to get what exchange rates are.

      The dollar goes up or down against another currency like the euro. Thus, if you want to exchange your dollars for euros right now, the rate sucks (on our end only), and therefore you can't buy as much over there as you used to with a dollar...though to them everything American is cheap.

      If the European Focus would cost us something like $35K, no way are Europeans saying, "Geez, this thing costs the equivalent of $35K...kinda pricey!" They earn their incomes in and are paid in euros. A euro to them is like our buck. Or a British pound to the Brits.

      If Ford built that Focus here using American workers (or Mexican or Canadian) and American dollars for the components, and we bought it in dollars without having to deal with an exchange rate, it would cost no more (and possibly less) than a Subaru WRX. But Ford never geared up to do that. That is the crux of the matter...not what people in France pay for a loaf of bread or how expensive a traveling American would perceive it by just looking at the exchange rate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The prices of the Euro-Focus in Mexico (in mexican pesos, euros and us dollars):

      2.0i 16v 145 CV Ambiente 172.500 Mx pesos / 10.560 € / 16.470 US$
      2.0i 16v 145 CV Ambiente Aut. 185.000 Mx pesos / 11.325 € / 17.663 US$
      2.0i 16v 145 CV Sport 199.500 Mx pesos / 12.213 € / 19.048 US$
      2.0i 16v 145 CV Sport Aut. 211.500 Mx pesos / 12.947 € / 20.193 US$
      2.5i Turbo 225 CV ST Edición Limitada 290.600 Mx pesos / 17.790 € / 27.746 US$
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know where you've got that prices in Euros (direct conversion from pesos, maybe?), but I really would like to buy a Focus here in Spain if it were at the same price as a Fiesta, and with a 145 hp engine!! Here, the 2.0 versions costs 5.000 Euros more on average, and the ST almost 10.000!! Get your facts right, amigo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        These are our prices, and yes, the conversion is directly from mexican pesos to euros or to dollars.
        So, if you have 18.000 euros you can come here and drive a ST!!!
        In www.ford.com.mx you can check it.
        Saludos a la madre patria !!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man that's a good looking hatch! Remind me, why is Ford North America always 5 years behind Ford Europe?

      You know, it's no coincidence that Ford Europe is in the black (financially) and Ford NA still isn't profitable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can get practically the same car in the Volvo C30. Why doesn't everyone complaining here just buy that. It's got a nicer interior than that Focus by far. It's not like this would be a volume seller even if Ford did bring it over. Probably a few thousand every year.
        • 7 Years Ago
        1. The C30 doesn't come in a 4 door. I want 4 doors and I think the 4 door Euro Focus looks better than the 2 door anyway.

        2. A C30 starts around $22,000. A US Focus starts around $15,000. I imagine most are assuming the Euro Focus would cost them the same as the US Focus.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "A C30 starts around $22,000. A US Focus starts around $15,000. I imagine most are assuming the Euro Focus would cost them the same as the US Focus."

        If a euro-focus was de-contented enough, it would cost as much as a US focus... but having the original Mk1 focus stripped to stay under $14,000 in the late nineties is what got it slammed in the first place (sooooo many people whined about the cheap interior and suspension compared to the euro-spec). If the focus ST came over as-is, it would probably cost $30,000

        "The C30 doesn't come in a 4 door. I want 4 doors and I think the 4 door Euro Focus looks better than the 2 door anyway."

        Then get the Volvo S40. Same platform, euro-niceties out the wazoo... along with Euro-lux cost.

      • 7 Years Ago

      Love to have one of these to zip around town!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I HATE Ford of North America. Why do Americans get all of the crap from this American company?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think they got it by now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, it really is a shame. This is such a nice hatch and could totally compete with the Civic, Mazda 3 and Sentra.

        Instead what to we get? the current lame ass looking Focus with side vent thing a m jig. Yuck!
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes. i agree. the focus we have is lame by comparison, but guess what? it's the hottest car in america right now in terms of month over month sales increases. in a market that is declining it is still a nice little economic car that the majority of people really do like. if the Focus we have now is killing it, just imagine what will happen once we get something along the lines of the this over here...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love how time after time we get reminded of the crap Ford gives us in the U.S.
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