• Oct 25, 2010
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The forthcoming 2012 Focus ST is indeed something for hot hatch enthusiasts to look forward to, but buyers shopping the naturally aspirated volume models will be able to spec a bit of sport on their Focuses, as well. When the new Focus goes on sale in early 2011, Ford will offer sport packages for both the mid-grade SE and top-end Titanium models, adding things like a more aggressively tuned suspension, larger wheels, better brakes and a host of interior upgrades.

Available on both the sedan and hatchback, the SE Sport Package adds four-wheel disc brakes, sport suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels (with an available set of 17s), piano black grille, sport seats, metallic interior trim accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a five-speed manual transmission. On top of that, the Focus SE Sport gets a rear spoiler and is available in the automaker's Yellow Blaze Metallic paint color.

For the top-shelf Titanium model, which already comes standard with Ford's sport-tuned spension, the Titanium Handling Package adds optimized suspension components for an even better driving feel and special 18-inch alloys wrapped in summer performance tires.

Pricing for these option packages is not available as of this writing, but Ford says it will be launching its online configurator for the 2012 Focus near the end of October. Follow the jump for the official details in the automaker's press blast.

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• All-new 2012 Ford Focus range elevates driving dynamics with standard electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control, making the vehicle feel more responsive and agile in corners

• Top-of-the-line Ford Focus Titanium model features standard sport-tuned suspension in addition to offering an optional Titanium Handling Package with 18-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires

• Mid-range Ford Focus SE offered with available SE Sport Package featuring alloy wheels, sport seats, rear disc brakes, piano black grille, unique interior appointments and five-speed manual transmission

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 25, 2010 – The all-new Ford Focus will take dynamic driving to new levels with optionally available handling packages on SE and range-topping Titanium model. Driving dynamics and responsive handling have been elevated across the entire all-new Focus range for 2012. All Focus models feature standard specifically tuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, independent Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control. These features combine to make Focus more agile and confidence-inspiring for enthusiast and normal drivers alike.

"Our enthusiast customers told us exactly what they want in an all-new Focus," said Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus. "They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We've done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models."

The automotive enthusiast community should appreciate the sharpened handling offered in the volume-series Focus SE four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. The SE Sport Package features sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats, four-wheel disc brakes, piano black grille, metallic interior trim accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and standard five-speed manual transmission.

Focus SE Sport Package four-door models add a rear spoiler, while all SE Sport Package models with the PowerShift™ dual-clutch transmission add SelectShift Automatic™ functionality for manual override gear selection. SE Sport Package is the only mid-level Focus model to offer premium Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-coat paint, as well.

Two additional wheel packages are offered with the Focus SE Sport Package. A 16-inch machined alloy wheel with painted pockets is offered as an upgrade, while serious enthusiasts may wish to add the 17-inch machined and painted alloy wheel option. The range-topping Focus Titanium model is fitted with the sport-tuned suspension as standard equipment. This includes stiffer springs and dampers.

Enthusiast buyers specifying a Focus Titanium sedan or hatchback can add the Titanium Handling Package with optimized suspension components, special 18-inch alloy wheels, lowprofile summer performance tires and a trunk-mounted full-size spare.

"Focus enthusiasts spoke and we listened, providing them with additional packages," said Rushbrook, an active amateur Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racer. "Serious drivers looking for even more grip in the corners will really appreciate the SE Sport and Titanium
Handling Packages."

North American Ford Focus hatchback and sedan with optional handling packages will go on sale – in SE and Titanium trim series levels – at Ford dealerships in early 2011.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont know about US but here the 6th speed help for lower noise and consumption on highways or other "good for cruising" motorways.
      • 4 Years Ago

      How does this possibly make any sense? I read even the new Cruze will offer manual transmissions on ALL versions of the 1.4L turbo starting in the Spring of 2011.

      Come on Ford - Let us buy the Focus the way we wish to buy it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you need to re-read that.

        "Available on both the sedan and hatchback, the SE Sport Package adds four-wheel disc brakes, sport suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels (with an available set of 17s), piano black grille, sport seats, metallic interior trim accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a five-speed manual transmission."

        The SE gets a manual. The Titanium, maybe not (it doesn't say).
      • 4 Years Ago
      18's on a small car?! (&19's on the ST if I'm not mistaken right?) Why do manufacturers such such huge wheels these days? Considered the cost of tires anyone?

      If you ask me, small cars shouldn't come with any bigger than 17's. 15's for the base model, 16's for the mid-grade model and 17's for the premium and performance models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That configurator needs to come out YESTERDAY. I'm anxious to see what the 17s look like. If they are those horrid multispokes I might have to opt up to the 18s and summer tires. I wonder if I could get the 18s with all seasons instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cool, thanks. Though those 17s are the ones I don't like. I normally like multispokes, but the design of these has no depth overall and the holes look too small and shallow. It makes them look like wheel covers. I think the 18s are probably the nice 5 spokes I've seen in some of the press shots. Those I could handle but at this rate it's looking like I'll have to option out to the nines in order to get them. And in Michigan I'm not sure I'm going to want summer tires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, if what you really want is a different set of wheels, you could just save your cash on the options package and buy the wheels separate from the car. There's always someone on focusfanatics.com or focaljet.com selling their OEM wheels. Dealer might even be willing to swap them for you and give you a credit for the original ones.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you go to the Ford site, they've got some information on what the configurations and pricing will be linked off of the $500 Technology Rebate offer:

        The Titanium trim wheels appear to be nice 15-spoke rally style wheels. The pictures are real small so I can't really tell what the others look like, but that page doesn't mention the sport package, so it may be something entirely different...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So am I understanding correctly:
      If you want the manual transmission, you need to pay extra for the SE Sports Package - but you can't get it in the Titanium?

      "Enthusiast buyers specifying a Focus Titanium sedan or hatchback can add the Titanium Handling Package with ... a trunk-mounted full-size spare."

      Is this the return of the "Continental Kit"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't this answer the question?

        "For the top-shelf Titanium model, which already comes standard with Ford's sport-tuned suspension..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh - No, it doesn't StereoDude...
        ...because that statement indicated nothing about transmission choices.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, I misread your comment and somehow missed the transmission part.

        I guess they figure anyone who would want the Titanium with a manual will get the ST.
      • 4 Years Ago
      5spd manual really? On a Sport model?

      Not that it matters to me directly, my car is a 5spd too, but it's an 2002 not a 2012.

      It just seems like a 5spd anymore is akin to a 4spd not long ago. Really should be 6spd across the board like a number of other automakers are employing.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Nothing wrong with a 5 speed in a small car like this. It's really not that big of a deal. Yeah, an extra gear and some better ratios would be nice, but for a "Sport package," I'd save a 6-speed for something more, like the ST.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In most manual transmission cars you only shift once in a 0-60 run regardless of whether it's a 5 speed or 6 speed. There are a few exceptions like the Corvette Z06 which does 0-60 all in first gear, but I don't think 2012 Focus buyers will need sweat that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's a limit to how fast a human can shift. I think adding gears to a manual will actually result in slower real-world 0-60 times, because adding that extra shift will swamp out the minor power/efficiency gain.. Now if you're talking about a 6th gear for overdrive that you wouldn't use until 60+mph, I could understand it, but even still, I think the gain will be pretty marginal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess my question is, what does the 6th gear add? As far as I can tell its only purpose is for overdrive, and it seems like you should be able to get decent overdrive out of only a 5th gear. Maybe it makes more of a difference at 75mph?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like it has enough ground clearance to compete with the Raptor. Nice interior though. I wouldn't mind spending some time in there.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Great that Ford is offering a Sport pack for the SE and an even higher-level Sport pack for the Titanium but how about offering the SE Sport pack on the SEL.

      I know it not a big hole in the line-up. It may be a moot point depending on how much the Sport pack costs (which we should know soon). But what if I want the sport suspension with Homelink, and Dual Zone Climate (a few other minor options that are on the SEL)? Can't do it, I have to jump up to a Titanium and get MyFord Touch, Sirius, Push-Button start...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing that there's a strong bifurcation in consumer desires at that price point, with most people wanting the creature comforts, and a small subset who want the sport suspension. I'm guessing that if you priced an SEL with the extra sport pack stuff, you'd end up at the titanium price, which already has the upgraded suspension.

        Just be thankful they're thinking of the cheap people who still want to have fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if i get the ST either ill wait for a good body kit, or get the standard focus front end for it, because the ST front is horrid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like the headlights but the grill and bumper is to busy and ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the Fiesta and the new Focus, Buuuut...

      How about an option/model called the 'Euro' and just give me the darned car as it looks in Europe? A wagon/avant/shooting brake bodystyle as well? Thanks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am sorry, but all I read was that it doesn't come with all round disc brakes as standard?

      What a crud bucket!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't tell a damn bit of difference on public roads. The brakes are usually tire-limited anyways. If you're taking your car to a track, you should be investing in upgraded brakes anyways, and that holds true for just about any car that isn't sold with a "track pack."
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