• **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011 *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST boasts a highly effective roof spoiler, optimized to deliver improved high-speed stability and reduced drag and a unique center-exit exhaust with a tailpipe design influenced by the exclusive hexagonal mesh of the front bumper. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost(R) engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is available in its new signature production color, Tangerine Scream, as well as five other options in North America. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
  • **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.** Ford Focus ST: Focus ST boasts a highly effective roof spoiler, optimized to deliver improved high-speed stability and reduced drag and a unique center-exit exhaust with a tailpipe design influenced by the exclusive hexagonal mesh of the front bumper. (11/3/2011) *** Local Caption *** **Embargoed until 12:01am EDT, Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011.**
UPDATE: The Focus ST has officially been added to Ford's configurator. Click here to build one yourself.

Well now, the inexpensive performance game just got considerably more interesting. Ford has officially dropped pricing on its upcoming 2013 Focus ST, and it starts at $24,495 (*including a $795 delivery charge). That kind of coin will net you a EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for a whopping 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, along with a torque-steer compensation system that works in conjunction with electronic power steering to keep the nose pointed in the right direction. If you're keeping track, those power metrics are slightly north of the figures Ford had previously released. A variable-ratio steering rack toes the line between sport and comfort while the sport suspension sits the chassis 10 mm closer to the ground than the stock configuration.

That fire-spitting four-cylinder breathes easy through a free-flowing exhaust, and interior options like Recaro bucket seats give the cabin a little pedigree. Of course, massive wheels and plenty of aero work are both part of the package as well. What's more, Ford says it will give early buyers a GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports camera when they pick up the keys. Sweet.

The entry price puts the Focus ST well below fellow front-drive competitors like the Volkswagen GTI and Mazdaspeed3, but within spitting distance of playful hardware like the Toyobaru twins and the all-wheel drive Subaru WRX. Suddenly, it appears we live in a world where cheap speed is in abundance. Head over to the Ford site for a closer look and be sure to click past the jump for the full press release.
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Order Bank Opens for New High Performance Ford Focus ST

• Ford Focus ST is SAE-certified at 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque from efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with low-inertia turbocharger with overboost feature

• Focus ST offers available full-leather, six-way power Recaro® seats, unique interior treatment and an advanced three-mode, driver-adjustable stability control system

• Early orders to receive GoPro® HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack upon delivery

DEARBORN, Mich., May 1, 2012 – Drivers in the U.S. can now place their order for the new Ford Focus ST, a high-performance hatchback that will offer exhilarating performance and handling, a distinctive interior and muscular exterior design.

Focus ST, Ford's first global performance car, will integrate a collection of advanced and sport-oriented technologies previously unavailable to North American customers. The combination of these technologies into a refined yet high-performance sport compact will elevate the category and further cement Focus as the most complete compact car range sold in North America.

Customers interested in Focus ST build and pricing options should visit: http://www.ford.com/cars/focus/focusst/.

Among the more visible options will be the Tangerine Scream metallic color that will be offered exclusively on the Focus ST as well as race-inspired Recaro® seats with matching color accents.

Ford is offering drivers who preorder a 2013 Focus ST the GoPro® HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack upon delivery. Already a staple in the motorsports and action sport communities, a GoPro is the ideal camera to capture a spirited drive or Focus ST track day. The first 1000 Pre-sale orders placed between May 1st and August 20th are eligible for the GoPro HD Hero2 Camera System. Cameras will be sent after vehicle delivery

"We recognize Focus ST customers are very social in nature and will love having the right tool to share their amazing drive experiences," said Lisa Schoder, Ford Focus ST Marketing manager. "I look forward to seeing videos of the Focus ST taking on some great roads across the U.S.

"Some cars in this category are entertaining on the track, but much less practical for daily driving," Schoder added. "We think we've hit the perfect balance between pure driving exhilaration and everyday livability with this car.

"In terms of athletics, the Focus ST is a gold-medal decathlete," she said. "You can easily live with the car every day; when the time comes to really drive it; very few will be left wanting."

Performance EcoBoost
The heart of the Focus ST is a reworked EcoBoost® 2.0-liter engine massaged for very sporting throttle input responsiveness, strong off-idle power and a broad torque curve. The engine produces 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

"The power delivery has no weak spots, there's no way to be left flat-footed," Schoder said. "At the same time, drivers wanting to spin this motor into the upper octaves will be rewarded."

To enhance the full experience for the driver, Focus ST is equipped with a sound symposer box that enriches the natural sounds of the motor by capturing internal engine oscillations and piping them through the interior under throttle. In part-throttle driving, the car's power is felt more than heard; under full throttle, the engine music is naturally amplified through the symposer box.

Power, torque and engine notes are even more impressive in the context of its efficiency. Official EPA figures are not yet available, but Schoder said she expects exceptional fuel economy for Focus ST, especially for this class.

World-class chassis technology
The unique sport suspension combines several technologies never before seen. Designed to give drivers enhanced agility on winding roads while still inspiring high-speed confidence, the variable-ratio steering rack makes steering less sensitive on the straightaways but increases sensitivity at the corners. It can also help drivers at slow speeds, like when maneuvering into a tight parking spot.

The electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) on Focus ST is enhanced with torque steer compensation. More aggressive tuning of the torque steer compensation allows drivers to accelerate while still maintaining grip on roads with uneven surfaces. The system detects the torque steer those conditions can create and counteracts the effect to help the driver feel in complete control.

Advancing the state of the sport compact art
Focus ST will offer Recaro sport seats, unique 18-inch Y-spoke ST wheels, dual-zone climate control, Xenon headlights and leather appointments throughout the cabin. Its superior chassis rigidity aids the suspension in providing a firm, but quiet and controlled ride. The instrument cluster features ST-unique sport gauges with red needle pointers to monitor turbo boost, oil pressure and oil temperature levels.

Advanced technology such as available SYNC® with MyFord Touch® will also be available for Focus ST, along with a Sony® Audio System, HD Radio™ and 10-speaker surround sound.

More information regarding Focus ST can be found at http://www.ford.com/cars/focus/focusst/ or or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialFordST.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Attention Autoblog: The Mazdaspeed 3 starts at $24,000. Add the $795 destination fee and it sits at $24,795. $24,795 - $24,495 = $300 difference. When you are comparing, say, laptops, product A priced at $300 cheaper starts "well below" the price of product B. When you are comparing cars, it is misleading to say that a $300 difference makes car A (Focus ST) start at a price "well below" car B (MS3). I'm happy to see the Focus ST come online as dealers in my area are staffed by mentally-challenged monkeys and did not even have a clue that there WAS a Focus ST (even tried to sell me on a Focus Titanium because they thought it was what I had meant). When I have more time later, I will take a closer look at this article.
        The Cory Jihad
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Where are you located? I'm definitely not a mentally challenged monkey and would love to sell you an ST. Being the biggest Ford store in four counties and being one of the original, flagship SVT stores, we get the best allocation for these types of vehicles.
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Cory Jihad
          The People's Democratic Republic of Canada.
          EXP Jawa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Cory Jihad
          I guess than, the better question is where are you located? At the time Ford set up SVT stores, they were doing a factory-owned "Auto Collection" dealer experiment in our market. That has since failed, leaving the SVT and specialty dealer network is something of a shamble. The real question I want to know right now is: when is Ford saying deliveries will begin? The timing makes a big difference to me...
      Donald
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was impressed until I found out it's got a curb weight of 3223 lbs. That's only 157 lbs lighter than my 2004 Mustang Mach 1. Better quality, superior looks, better handling and superior fuel economy are all pluses for the Focus ST, for sure. I'm still balking at the curb weight.
        Dantzig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Donald
        Seems heavy compared to cars of yesteryear but it's right in line with its competition. 2012 Mazdaspeed3: 3281 lbs 2012 GTI: 3034 lbs (and a lot less power) 2012 Civic SI: 2877 lbs (much lighter but so much less power that it's not in the same league)
      RJohns
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, I give up. WHY is it that when you try to get a vehicle with all options (HID, etc.) Ford forces you into an all-black interior? The two-tone Recaro seats (yellow or blue with black) are nice but cannot be ordered with "upscale" items like HID headlights! Why is that Ford? All-leather is nice, but why in black? Does anyone who sat in the "Options Availability Meeting" live in a warm/hot climate? If you don't want to offer a lighter color interior...fine. At least make the lighter color insert seats available on all trim levels.
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJohns
        Ford seems to do this on almost all of their vehicles. Boss302 & Shelby - black interior. Late model Fusion Sport - black interior. Focus Titanium and Fiesta SES in most color offerings - black interior. Escape Titanium -black interior. The Cotour SVT I owned was black with dark blue leather. Even here, way up in western NY, in the summer time it was unbareable to sit in during the summer. It wasn't all that long that Ford offered multiple color options inside, hell, my Mountaineer has a green interior (when was the last time you saw green?). I get that limiting offerings is cheaper, but give buyers at least some choice...
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJohns
        I've never had an issue with black leather being scolding hot or anything in hot climates.
        Dayv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJohns
        Completely frustrating configurator. Really only three packages to choose from plus one or two other options, but they're listed separately and it constantly tells you that you have to add or remove packages to get the choices you want.
      nickms3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey AB, how does $300 less put you well below the entry point for fellow FWD competitors the GTI and MS3?
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm seriously considering the Focus ST as my next car. Unless Ford makes a 2013 Fusion SHO or SVT or ST or um GT, I might get the Focus ST.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would put my order in but I want to drive it first.. Can't wait.
      k_m94
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope they have an optional LSD, or have cracked off enough gruelling trackdays with the prototypes to ensure the E-Diff can offer just as much torque distribtion without frying the front brakes, which I am skeptical of. But seeing a picture of a prototype ST getting VERY sideways at Car and Driver gives me hope:)
      steveefer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I feel lucky to be living in the true golden age of performance. I'm guessing when the performance numbers are released we will see stats that blow away 60s muscle cars but in a useful hatchback design that gets 30+ mpg. Sign me up.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like a reasonable price to me. and it leaves some room for a Focus RS, perhaps with AWD.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        They already announced the RS would be FWD with Revo-Excuses. Otherwise the ST would have had Revo-Excuses, but it has electronic steering + torque vectoring which means it just hides everything from you while saving money on the limited slip differential serious cars use. Torque vectoring is not as good as a proper limited slip differential like a Quaife or Torsen. The torque steer is still there, it's just not directly connected to the steering wheel anymore so they can hide the lack of performance from you.
          k_m94
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          With chassis tuning, Ford can likely get around not having AWD or even a Revo Knuckle. On a prototype ride and drive for Car and Driver, it seems the car is actually very eager to oversteer with a little off throttle, and torque steer+understeer werent obvious. In general behaving just as well, if not better than the Revo Knuckled, LSD MKII Focus RS.
      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, wish I was in the market to get a new daily driver. Always loved the hot hatches at Ford.
      Juan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice car. Hope the '13 Fusion gets the same bump in power in it's 2.0 ecoboost.
        TrueDat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Juan
        i hope it gets a little more. it will need it with AWD. plus, Ford has promised to keep the Fusion 100% 4 cylinder. that means the sport model will have to be a beefed up 2.0L ecoboost, making somewhere around 300 hp i would guess. now that's a car that i want.
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