• Aug 20, 2010
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The Euro 5 emissions standards have struck again, contributing to the (timely) death of the current generation Ford Focus ST.

The ST is yet another high-powered Euro-only offering to meet its end at the hands of the upgraded emissions regs, joining the ranks of the recently axed Honda Civic Type-R, Mazda RX-8, V6-powered Alfa Brera and the 5.0-liter V10 turbodiesel fitted to the Volkswagen Touareg and a handful of other VAG products.

While the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder found in the Ford is being retired for duty, fear not. An all-new ST is rumored to debut at the Paris Motor Show this October, likely packing a turbo'd 2.0-liter four mated to a dual-clutch gearbox and sending 200 horsepower to the front wheels. We can't wait.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The name killed it
        • 4 Years Ago
        dhammond, wrong comment =P
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was a joke, ST in girl lingo can mean sanitary towel. Sometimes I think this site in from Germany, but then again Germans have a better sense of humor then a hand full of people here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you're clueless... ST was success
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cms...i am well aware of the RS and its ho and the differences between it and the ST....my point that everyone is missing, and conveiniently, along with down voting, is that 200hp even for the ST is substandard...the 2.0 in the EXPLORER is 239hp...WHY take a step backwards????????????????? sheesh people.....the RS is a COMPLETELY different beast....to expect less than 300 there would also be a step back...and dont be surprized if the RS has a hybrid drivetrain.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dhammond

        Down-rated for butchering the English language. I'm not even going to try and decipher that drivel. If you aren't competent enough to properly compose a sentence, then your point isn't worth listening to.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry 200hp isnt competitive...in a Fiesta yes...focus needs 250 -270...and the eco 2.0 being put in the US Explorer is 239 if I remember rightly....and from what I understand the eco engines are tweek friendly si the hp I quoted shouldnt be an issue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Muttons.....I had a 215hp Cooper S....it was fine...and i dont think Revoknuckle would add too much cost, although from what i have heard they now have electronic assistance performing similar results to limited slip ( ala Quaife ) so perhaps Revo isnt necessary....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dhammond

        Again, the article is talking about their ST. In Europe their EB 2L has 200 HP, so that's where the confusion started - that's the lower end of that engine and the Explorer's 240 HP is as far as Ford could get it going reliably.

        While I do agree it won't have less HP than its predecessor (225), it won't be pushing RS numbers, so mentioning the RS over and over again for it to be "competitive" with cars selling for ~25k is ridiculous and pointless.

        Once again, we're talking significantly north of 30 grand if you want RS power and production costs. Actually the next RS might be slightly more expensive than the old model, since it's going to be a hybrid of some sort.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree, 200 is a step down now for its class

        the golf is at around 230-270, (hell the polo is at 180), the megane is at 250 (clio at 200)

        unless they can make it a whole lot lighter this will end up as bad as the mk1 focus st
        Pug_Power
        • 4 Years Ago
        As we are all saying, the ST is a completely different market. ST goes up against the Golf GTI, Renault Clio Sport, etc. The RS is going after the Subaru WRX STi and Lancer Evo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "mark my words...it will be more than 200hp...ask yourselves the question...and please contnue to vote down, why would ford DE-TUNE the eco 2.0 from what is in the explorer?"

        Interesting that not one person here has mentioned that the entire EU now gears both annual registrations and company car tax by way of the emissions the car produces. If it exceeds 225g/km - which a 250bhp ST would almost certainly achieve - then the top tier charges apply and the running costs would almost certainly put off an average ST buyer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cms...i am well aware of the RS and the differences between it and the ST....my point that everyone is missing, , is that 200hp even for the ST is substandard...the 2.0 in the EXPLORER is 239hp...WHY take a step backwards????????????????? sheesh people.....the RS is a COMPLETELY different beast....to expect less than 300 there would also be a step back...and dont be surprized if the RS has a hybrid drivetrain ( sorry this is kind of a double post ) and a little PS, 240 is most definitely NOT the eco 2.0s limit, in the Explorer its tuned for torque to move the bulk, torque isnt as necessary in the lighter weight Focus so it could be tuned for more hp. Witness how quickly ford ratcheted up the 3.5 eco to 400hp and its seen over 500 on the bench....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dhammond

        Why do you keep mentioning the RS? The article clearly states Focus *ST*, aka Ford's answer to the VW GTI and priced similarly.

        It doesn't matter if there's a Focus RS500 with 300HP+ right now. You might want to check prices for the Evo-X and WRX STI, because that's the kind of money Ford charges for the *RS*.
        Pug_Power
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the ST, not the RS. If you wanted to see 250+, the RS is what you want.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since acceleration is unimportant, all you need is enough power to navigate the autobahn. Cars with 100hp been doing that for years!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rs is ALREADY 300plus......do you want ford to take steps backwards?.......the 2.0 without the hairdryer is 160...200 with is laughable...and I WORK at a Ford dealer.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not competitive against what? Any more than that and you'd need AWD or an expensive revo-knuckle setup like what's in the RS. This thing isn't trying for that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Bloke.

      Why would it obviously exceed 225g/km? BMW has naturally-aspirated sixes that put out considerably less and with a turbo the Focus should be able to put out much less than 225. The Astra VXR's 5-year-old engine is just under that figure, for example and the Megane 250 gets under 200.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shame. I drove a Focus hatch earlier this summer for my website (review here: http://studentwheels.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/focus-zx3/) and absolutely loved it. It was a lot more fun to drive than I'd anticipated. The ST version would've been swell to try.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why are all of you guys mourning? It seems like you've inferred from this that because this particular generation and model is being discontinued, that the ST is being permanently canceled. I'm pretty sure that's not the case. Yes, it's kind of a bummer the 5-cyl is going away, because it was a unique engine and sounded kind of cool, but it was a relative gas hog, and not very powerful for its size. The 2.0 EcoBoost should be a significant improvement in almost every respect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who writes this stuff?

      Where is your first drive? All you have is a bunch of press pics.

      And the ST won't be a 200 HP unit with PowerShift, it's a new variant of the EcoBoost with 250 HP and a 6-speed manual.

      You guys really need to think embellishing material from another website... you don't have the background material to do so credibly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they announce a diesel option, people might want to get a STD
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL. Those wheels are SoGorgeously sexy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The next one will be even better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why the Focus in the States does not look like this one is beyond me. Do we Americans love bland/boring design when it comes to our economy cars?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The sales charts says "yes".
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHAAAATTT!!?? No more V6 Alfa Brera? My heart just broke ever so quietly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So you mean that some good olde fashioned R&D and engineering will let you meet tougher emissions?
      No way!

      But I love all the sky-is-falling talk... waaa we can't do this... its impossible. Waaa let someone else do it. Waaaa
      :rolleyes:

      Glad to see Ford isn't filled with the naysayers that they used to be filled with back in the '80 and '90.
      • 4 Years Ago
      EPA strikes again!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the new ST will have 240 horses. Surely they're not gonna make the new one less powerful than the old one?
        • 4 Years Ago
        thankyou JB, its exactly what i have been saying...but some think a step back is progress.....
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