• Apr 11, 2011
Spy Shots: Ford Focus ST test mule – Click above for high-res image gallery

We saw the 2012 Ford Focus ST in the flesh at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but at the time, the hot-hatch unveiled to the waiting press was merely a close-to-the-real-thing concept version. The production Focus ST should be arriving at an auto show in the near future. Apparently it's not quite ready, however, because our spy photographers managed to capture Ford engineers working over a mule-bodied example, both at the track and in the snow.

It may appear to be a standard Focus from the outside – note the standard front fascia instead of the show car's more aggressive look – but a closer inspection reveals a few unique touches first seen on the concept. For instance, a centrally mounted exhaust outlet at the rear expels emissions from the 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit lurking under the hood. Speaking of which, power is expected to be up around 250 horsepower, and the engine will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

We hope to see the 2012 Focus ST hitting dealer showrooms by the end of 2011. We also hope to score some seat time before that happens. Until then, we'll just stare at the spy photos in the gallery below, and dream about the sporty action going on under the suspiciously plain wrapper.



[Source: CarPix]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 25 Comments
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't want it with FWD. I want all-wheel drive! The FWD Focus don't produce better traction!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo, "The Focus RS500 handles just as good as its Subaru and Mitsubishi competitors without AWD." This is not true!

        Why?

        If you don't like traction Ford has the car for you, the Focus RS500... http://www.topgear.com/uk/ford/focus-rs/road-test/500-driven (TopGear Road Test).

        "Dry weather is crucial to this Ford Focus RS500 - 350bhp and 340lb ft fed through the front wheels is going to make traction a rare commodity, even on smooth tarmac."
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Elmo:

        "you can't fully eliminate it in any car [understeer]"

        Umm... Porsche had to work hard to eliminate OVERsteer in the 911's. Just read any review of the pre-'90's Carrera or Turbo to see how hard it was.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why? The Focus RS500 handles just as good as its Subaru and Mitsubishi competitors without AWD. The new traction system in this new Focus is supposed to somewhat eliminate (you can't fully eliminate it in any car) understeer.

        Someone obviously doesn't get the point of adding weight to a car if he wants a heavy AWD drivetrain.
      • 3 Years Ago
      so no auto or awd....i know i'll get hated for it, but i can't stand manuals for daily drivers...sry
        • 3 Years Ago
        QUICK! Hide this post before Ford finds it!

        @JL
        It's ok, I understand the confusion about the operation of a manual transmission. That extra pedal adds so much work, I know it can be frustrating... I believe you accidentally went off the trail of mediocrity, so let me help you find your way back:
        www.consumerreports.com

        There, now you can go back to commenting about how reliable and predictable your beige Toyota Camry has been for you... (Wow, I'm in a nasty mood tonight, haha)
        • 3 Years Ago
        It doesn't matter at all. That's your opinion for 1 - you. it has no convincing power or anything.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Blasphemy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You have PLENTY of choices if you want an automatic. This is a low-volume car, take it or leave it
        • 3 Years Ago
        The words are hard to find that describe the feelings welling up inside of me from your post. Simple words like sick and maddening don't work, more along the lines of vexatious, exasperating, loathsome, and repugnant work better right now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So where's the effing two-door?
      • 3 Years Ago
      test faster.
        • 3 Years Ago
        heck yes, it's Golf-hunting season
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, let me get this straight. According to some posters the Veloster is "ugly"... but this car looks just fine. Yes, uh huh.....right.
        • 3 Years Ago
        yes...the focus is better looking than the Hyundai Veloster. I can't think of many cars that look worse then the veloster.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for Ford finally putting up a decent sporty option in the US... but no 3 door? No thanks.

      As nice as the new Focus is, I really don't care for the 5 door version or the sedan. And that's coming from someone with a 5 door (hatch) WRX. It works fantastically on the WRX... not so much on the Focus.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see they are making it a little more calm looking... No wild useless spoilers or lower valances... You know how much I spent to get my Focus SVT to look like the European model, the Focus ST170?

      Give me it in Ford Racing Blue, Black Recaro interior and a Fiesta ST in the American Showroom along side this and I have a wonderful choice!
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think the focus would look even better if it had a Taurus-like front end/grille just my opinion..
    • Load More Comments