• Jul 22, 2010
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As the launch of the 2012 Focus draws closer, Ford plans to roll out several variants of its C-segment people mover. And at this year's Paris Motor Show, the Blue Oval will reportedly kick off the party with the debut of a new Focus ST which could finally make its way to America next year. The Focus ST is expected to be propelled by an uprated version of the 2.0-liter Ecoboost inline-four – the same mill fitted to the Euro-market Mondeo – but with output boosted well over the current 200 horsepower.

In ST trim the engine should produce about 250 hp and close to 260 pound-feet of torque, with all that twist coming in low in the rev range to balance high-revving fun with enhanced around-town driveability. The ST should hit 60 mph in under six seconds with combined mileage of about 29 miles per gallon (U.S.). Earlier this year, Ford acknowledged that it was developing a "global" performance version of the new Focus, but never said explicitly that it would be offered in North America. Here's hoping that changes in Paris this September.



[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      3-door hot hatch for the win! I guess I'm gonna have to settle on the Volvo C30 since Ford seems to hate me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would force me to sell the TL and take on a new car payment. Want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to hurry up and bring this to the U.S. I was leaning toward a Fusion Sport, but the more I see of this Focus, the more I like it. I'm not really fond of the tail light/rear fender design, but other than that, I think the car looks great. Plus, I'm a sucker for hot hatches. Oh yeah...and bring on the RS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could badge it as the Focus SVT here. Hopefully it will make it to North America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the ST gets the 250hp 2.0T and so in SVT trim it should get a little bump in power to compete nicely with the ms3 (?)...thats assuming they make and SVT
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't count on the SVT being the equivalent of the RS. The RS would be way too expensive to sell in the US with any badge on it. I think the ST will be the SVT, maybe with some 'Americanization' to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The SVT will be equivalent to the RS, i.e. even more hp and ft/lbs. Whether it is called the SVT or RS is still unknown but rumor is that it will be one or the other.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well considering the previous SVT Focus had a sad 170 hp, I'm willing to bet that 250 hp will be more than enough for Ford to badge the ST as the SVT here in North America. Besides, wasn't the RS discontinued?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "In ST trim the engine should produce about 250 hp and close to 260 pound-feet of torque"

      That sounds great and it looks good too in hatch back form. VW needs to do something about their 2.0T soon
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you. I have an MKV GTI and I had to pay APR Tuning $600 bucks to get reflashed for 255hp and 305 lb tq.

        Now you would think that VW could do that at the factory, since obviously the 2.0T is capable of much more.

        Its a great engine btw, VW just needs to develop it more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just wish there was a 3door. Then I might give it a look. I'm happy they're finally giving the US something decent with regard to a performance Focus - but I'm not a fan of the 5 door or the sedan styling of this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't see how the 5-door looks much different than the 3-door would.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @fixitfixitstop

        That's b/c we don't have a 3 door to look at. :)

        I just don't think the length sits well with me... and the roofline that comes down so far in the back. I'm thinking the 3 door would be a little bit closer to what the current Focus ST/RS looks like (toned down of course). Just a simple hatch... not a small wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Silly as it sounds... 2 extra doors are *always* a dealbreaker for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome news, I will be holding onto my 2002 SVT Focus for a awhile now. If they make it fun to drive like the SVT I will be first in line for it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      For what it is, it looks great. Nice job, Ford people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good start. Now come out with the RS version.

      And make it AWD to boot!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The current RS isn't AWD... why would this be?"

        Cost. Even as it stands, Ford makes practically nothing on every RS it sells.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The current RS isn't AWD... why would this be?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I recently drove a US-spec Fiesta in "SES" trim. Very impressive (apart from the fact the one I drove had a slush 'box), dashboard almost the same as the European-market car and handled identically. Only thing I'd change about it would be the pointless LED strips in favour of decent xenon fogs. At $20K it was good value, although the "tattoo" graphics should be left firmly in the US market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        what a fabulous looking car....and 250 for a mainstream performance car is perfect ( Revoknuckle please )....makes one wonder what Ford will shoehorn in a halo version...oh, and Bloke, got my fiesta...pretty awesome little car...one of the quietest ive been in ( American versions have adressed additional NVH...ie the underhood sound insulation is the one from the Euro diesel version ) to say i am impressed is an understatement...so, my guess is this Focus will raise the bar as such........
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw a Focus RS in Mexico where it was for sale.....45,000. Sorry guys...to much. Wont make it here. Its not kitted out for the US market.

      The ST here will be the 2.0 liter Dircet Injection turbo version. The old 5 cyl. is gone now that Ford has ditched Volvo. The new motor with the new Dual Clutch auto will be a neat machine.

      I just went to look at the Fiesta today, neat little buggy, but while I was there I drove the 'Stang 5.0 GT this afternoon...my god what a sweet machine...and the sound of the small block DOHC V*..awesome.
      hex311k
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh man im pumped, i doubt it will come out the first year but probably 2 years after, either way i want one period.

      i cant wait to see what it looks like...
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