• Sep 29, 2010
2012 Ford Focus ST live debut – Click above for high-res image gallery

To say that American enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting a properly hotted up version of Ford's European hatchback would be a gross understatement. And while we're still waiting for a proper Focus RS to hit our shores, we're certainly happy to see its little brother, the Focus ST, hit the showroom floor with promises of coming Stateside in 2012 ringing in our ears.

Here's why our interest is piqued: a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 247 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque; a six-speed manual transmission and Ford's new torque-vectoring power control system. Throw in a Tangerine Scream paint job and some 19-inch alloys in the Blue Oval's signature Y-spoke ST pattern and we're tickled pink.

Sure, we're still waiting on an official price tag, but that won't stop us from poring over these live photos from Paris, now will it?




Live photos by Chris Paukert/Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I want the Focus RS. The real one. Not the watered-down American version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lolz @ paul :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the snarky comment, Paul, but I'm 24 years old and have my NCARB architecture certification. Have a nice day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You probably want to have a legal beer too but that's not going to happen for a little while either.

        There is no RS of the next-gen Focus to be watered down. It doesn't exist. Be patient, study hard, get a job, and maybe it'll be ready then.

        • 4 Years Ago
        And you're also prepared to pay Porsche money for it when it gets here too?

        Didnt think so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, I'll amend my initial statement:

        I want the Focus RS, not the Focus ST.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWD = RS wait for it

      Wagon? = Yes your strange, how many Ralliart Sportbacks and WRX Wagons have been sold? No reason to do it here, keep it movin..

      5 door is fine and by the time I can afford to by anything new, I hope to be married as well, perfect family car with some GO! and at a decent price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a giant grille...Still better than the Mazda 3. Love the paint job, and those rims! But maybe they should be 18s at least...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how we've gotten to the point where a Ford Focus and a Ford Freakin' Explorer can share an engine! We have the option of a very fuel efficient big truck or a fast little pocket rocket, that's awesome!
      Clearly this engine has gotta end up in the Fusion at some point. 2.0L EB with a 5- or 6-speed manual would be a great combo, although I guess it wouldn't warrant the ST label. How about a 2.4L EB for the Fusion ST, a 1.6L EB for the Fiesta ST? Too much to ask?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aston Martin too much?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be a nice car. I don't care for the front end, it's too cartoony, but it will still sell. I also think the interior is fussy to the point of lumpy butwith sync... Who cares.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front end isn't that bad. Rather it is the photographer who is giving us a strange perspective. I'm never going to look at the front end from those low angles looking up into the grill. Standing up and looking down from a realistic perspective will help the front end look more pleasing. Unless you are an oompah loomp, you won't be staring up into the grill as seen in the photos.

      I'm getting in line for mine! Hopefully I can get one without such a colorful interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't it 2am right now in Paris?
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOVE IT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it was right for Ford to offer a more entry level turbo Focus in the US. It will probably be pretty damn quick, relatively affordable, and you can be sure there will eventually be an aftermarket for people who want to drop more money for more power. I wonder where the sourced the transmission from, it uses the same shift pattern as the Getrag that was in the SVT Focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simply Beautiful!

      Is this the final production production, or just a concept teaser?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's the best compliment you could give these photos
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