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2012 Ford Focus ST hits the road – Click above to watch the video after the jump

We haven't heard much about the 2012 Ford Focus ST lately, but never fear, it's still destined for our shores. After all, it would be downright cruel for Ford to not offer the hottest variant of its new global Focus here in the States, especially when we've been denied all of the Euro-spec hot hatch fun for so long.

To recap, the Focus ST uses FoMoCo's 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four, good for 247 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. There's a six-speed manual gearbox to send that power to the ground, and though the car is fitted with front-wheel drive, the automaker's torque-vectoring power control system is on hand to keep things from getting too squirrely. Inside, there are Recaro sport seats, orange trim and a thick steering wheel that we can't wait to get our hands on.

Until the Focus ST officially hits the road, we'll have to satisfy our craving for Blue Oval hot hatchery with this video, which you can view after the break. It's certainly not the most exciting piece of film ever published on the Interwebs, but it's enough to make us fall in love with the ST all over again.


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[Source: YouTube via Carscoop]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Again, performance electric-only option please. The torque would be killer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You, sir, have lived up to your name.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its called a tesla and it costs $100k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can only hope that Ford can keep the price below $25K. If they do, it might be time to trade in my SVT Focus and go smack around some GTi arse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just keep in mind - the Mustang Boss, thats been handing other car's their lunch and costs $41-$48 grand - is for all intents and purposes a "stripper model". No SYNC, no leather, no HIDs and no back seats
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Focus Titanium with no options or packages is 23,500. I think it will be difficult to keep the ST under 25. No one will want it if its a stripper compared to the Titanium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      want one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just pray that this comes close to the price of the GTI, Mazdaspeed3 and Cooper S.

      I'm a buyer at 24-25K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can't see Ford making many sales if it were priced any higher. Its specs seem to match up nicely with the likes of the MS3 and WRX. It'll be interesting to see what the motoring press thinks of this compared to the MS3 which seems to be the king of the hot hatches here in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to hear what this car sounds like
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're a Mustang guy, you probably won't like the sound of a turbo-4 in comparison...

        I'm not a muscle car guy, but there's nothing like the sound of a V8 rolling down the road.

        That said, my Mazda V6 (really a Ford duratec block with a Mazda top-end) makes beautiful music.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, this is spicy hot, but I sure wish it was offered with a Haldex option.

      Even the best FWD cars can't redefine physics: a lot of power going to the steering wheels + front heavy = more torque steer and understeer than I can stomach.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sanitary Towel
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the SVT name is being dropped.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just can't imagine why anyone would want a high-performance FWD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup...how is that Crown Victoria of yours?....
        • 4 Years Ago
        off yourself dolt
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you'd be surprised what these are capable of with that special torque vectoring setup.

        I drive a G8 GT RWD which I LOVE, but this is on the list. I REALLY want the RS but we'll never get it.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes because affordable and practical (most performance fwd cars are cheaper hot hatches) are aweful traits to have in a daily driver...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bought a mazdaspeed 3 a couple years ago and sold it after about a year. It was not a bad car and definitely not slow. But I just dont like the feeling of torque steer at all. Got a miata instead and didnt regret it a bit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I've just gone through this whole "best performance car for under $30K" thing with my daughter. She had been looking for a new car and wanted a performance car for less than $30K. After doing a lot of research and test drives, she chose the WRX and I gotta say, I think she chose the best car. If you want a small, powerful car, AWD is the answer for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @katshot, WRX has an awesome drivetrain, but is in definite need of vehicular refinement...the road noise/ windnoise and NVH need work, as does mileage, same with the MS3..it will definitely be interesting seeing them all line up for a comparo...but mark my words...THIS will lead the pack in the areas mentioned...as for performance and handling, obviously that remains to be seen, but after seeing how the RS with Revo-knuckle front suspension perfomed and 300 PLUS hp...I seriously doubt there will be any galring faults...in fact this may be the new crown jewel of the segment....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously? There are so many examples. Look them up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? I'm not going to spark off a RWD/FWD/AWD debate here, but performance tuned FWD cars are a ton of fun in their own right. Technology has come a long way, man, embrace it! Ford in particular has been working on methods to deliver the high HP & torque to the front wheels while eliminating or severely dampening the effects of torque steer with limited negative drawbacks by use of the revoknuckle. Without doubt RWD has serious advantages but to say you wouldn't want a high-po FWD car is tantamount to motorhead blasphemy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't want the added weight, cost and lower MPG of AWD.

        But thats me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the specs aren't as good as the MS3, but the current MS3 seems to be watered down from my 07 model. i'm sure the ST will level-peg it (10+ MS3) or one-up.
        driving high tq fwd turbo takes some getting used to, but i do alright. it's not like i'm on the track with it all the time so the limitations of FWD are not as obvious.
        the stock GTI isn't in the same realm power wise, how it handles FWD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish they wouldn't have dubbed in that awful disco music. Just let us hear the car. Please?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, so are the Recaro seats actually included? I kinda thought they'd be taken out of the production model. That's pretty cool...
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