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2013 Ford Focus ST

Screaming Yellow Zonker We're having a strong sense of déjà vu, and it isn't just because we find ourselves in Southern France. Yes, we've driven these very roads that drape over the region's Edenic mountains like doctors' signatures several times before. They're some of the best in the world, replete with tight switchbacks bookending snaking climbs and descents interrupted only by the occasional masochistic cyclist or tour bus. The Mediterranean vistas don't exactly suck, either. We've even navigated some of these routes around Nice in a performance-minded Ford Focus.... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
252 HP / 270 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$24,495 base
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    Video: Ford pits The Stig against Gran Turismo 6 in Focus ST Goodwood run
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    The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world great automotive gatherings. So, it was the perfect event for Ford to give the refreshed 2015 Focus ST its world debut in front of a loving public. It even surprised us with a new diesel-powered version, as well. The Blue Oval really put its focus on making the ST a better driver for this refresh. It ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #387 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #387 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight. Discussion Topics ...

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    Official: Ford rolls out diesel Focus ST at Goodwood [w/poll]
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    If you're in the market for a hot hatch, there are some excellent choices at your disposal – especially if you live in Europe. But if you want a diesel, well, your choices become rather more limited. Volkswagen tends to that niche market with the Golf GTD (essentially an oil-burning version of the GTI available Stateside), but that's about the ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford Focus ST gets sleeker style, improved dynamics
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    The Brits don't really have a major auto show these days. Not in a conventional sense, anyway, with stationary vehicles under floodlights in a closed exposition space. What they do have, you could argue, is much better: the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the public can view the latest machinery not only under an open sky, but in motion as well, ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford Focus ST zooming toward Goodwood reveal [w/video]
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    Ford has quite a party ready for the Goodwood Festival of Speed starting on June 27. Not only is the 2015 Mustang going to be driving in front of the European public for the first time, the Blue Oval is also unveiling its 2015 refresh for the Focus ST. Official details about the latest Focus hot hatch are practically nonexistent at this point. Ford's ...

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    Spy Shots: 2016 Ford Focus RS mule spotted on US soil
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    Okay Ford, this is what we like to see. One of our intrepid spy photographers has captured a vehicle that we weren't even sure would see the light of day – the next Focus RS. While this is pretty clearly a mule based on the current Focus ST, as our spy points out, there are a number of giveaways about this hot hatch's true nature. Indication number ...

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    Featured: Ford ST Octane Academy [w/video]
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    The ST school is about more than just handbrake turns, hot laps, and sliding into parking spaces. I felt like such a rock star. On my second pass around the UrbanCross course (read: fancy autocross) at the Ford ST Octane Academy, I absolutely nailed the exit, sliding the bright-yellow Focus ST sideways into a box the size of a parking space, all four ...

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    Report: Mastretta MXT aiming for European launch in 2015
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    Though a number of foreign automakers have located their North American assembly plants in Mexico, our neighbors to the south are hardly known for producing their own cars under their own names. But performance-oriented startups are trying their best to upset that notion. VUHL is one such notable exception. The recently surfaced RON Automóviles is ...

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    Report: Focus ST diesel variant coming, just don't look for it here
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    A few years back, Volkswagen made some waves when it announced the Golf GTD - a diesel-powered car that, aside from its ultra-efficient, ultra-torquey engine, was identical to the gas-powered GTI. That meant cosseting sport seats, larger wheels, sportier suspension, larger brakes and a body kit that made the GTD indistinguishable from the GTI, except for ...

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    Video: Motor Trend pits Subaru WRX vs. Ford Focus ST
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    The Ford Focus ST has enjoyed a relatively calm, if brief, reign in the world of hot hatches. With nothing else in the class (in the States, at least) but the aging Mazdaspeed3 and Subaru Impreza WRX and the slow-selling Volkswagen Golf R, the Blue Oval's 252-horsepower five door has been the go-to vehicle for those that don't need the high-octane lunacy ...

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    Study: Ford profiles surprisingly affluent Focus ST buyers
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    It comes as no surprise when Ford says that 32-percent of Focus ST buyers are under 35, but we weren't expecting this: the average annual salary of Focus ST buyers is $127,000. Twenty-two percent of non-ST Focus buyers are under 35, while their average annual salary is $67,000. We like the Focus ST because it has 252 horsepower, is genuinely fun to drive ...

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    SEMA: Three of four Focus STs show up in Ford display at SEMA
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    A couple of weeks ago we highlighted four Focus STs that Ford said it would be bringing to SEMA, and three out of the four cars have made it thus far (sorry, no Lotus-themed Focus ST yet). We were really looking forward to the Gulf-themed Focus ST built by Universal Technical Institute (below, left), so we're glad it's on display with its oddly shaped ...

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    Official: Hertz goes Dutch with Ford Focus ST-H
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    Want to take a performance car for a ride? Hertz can make that happen. Spin by your local rental location (depending, of course, on availability) and you can take out a Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, even a Corvette as part of the Adrenaline Collection. Hertz's Dream Cars lineup even includes Porsches and AMGs. But the really interesting ...

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    Official: Focus STs for SEMA include Lotus and Gulf liveries, rally-fied police car
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    Ford, as we mentioned on Saturday, is pulling out all the stops for November's SEMA show, bringing 57 vehicles to the Las Vegas event. Ford will be staggering the release of its SEMA flotilla, though, so expect to hear a lot about the new additions to the fleet in the weeks to come. We already showed you the Fiesta, Fiesta ST and Mustang models that made ...

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    Official: Ford going bonkers at SEMA with 57 showcars
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    Ford always shows up in force at the SEMA Show, but this year's tally of 57 custom-tuned cars, trucks and vans is more than we can ever recall the Blue Oval bringing. Ford will introduce 28 of its project vehicles in its "Dreamcase" ahead of next month's show. The first batch of eight you'll find here with the remaining vehicles trickling into public view ...

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    Video: Ford Focus ST checks into Jay Leno's Garage
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    In a change of pace from the high-end vehicles that often appear in Jay Leno's Garage, Ford sends its hottest hatchback (in the US, at least), the 252-horsepower Focus ST, to be featured on Leno's show. Accompanying the five-door hatch is its chief engineer, Jamal Hameedi. Riding on stylish 18-inch wheels with summer tires and with a spoiler that doubles ...

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    Video: Watch the World's Greatest Drag race run without music, just engines
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    Perhaps you've already watched the World's Greatest Drag Race 3, and after doing so wished the background music and narrator Angus Mackenzie (and his hat) would disappear and let you enjoy the sound of 12 high-performance engines uncorked at the same time for a quarter mile. Well, the people at Motor Trend have granted your wish and published an unplugged ...

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    Recalls: Ford Focus Electric and ST recalled over lighting issue
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    Ford is recalling 6,308 units of the 2012 and 2013 Focus Electric and 2013 Focus ST that were fitted with HID headlights because a "wiring incompatibility" could keep the front side marker lights from working. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall should begin in the middle of this month, after which owners can ...

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    Official: Ford's official Euro aftermarket partner Mountune coming to US
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    Now that we're getting a steady stream of Ford's European offerings, the aftermarket world is finally starting to catch up as well. UK-based aftermarket tuning company, Mountune has just announced that it will be setting up shop in California to provide high-performance and racing parts for Ford vehicles including the Focus ST and Fiesta ST. Mountune ...

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    Official: Roush getting back into sport compact business with Focus ST mods [w/video]
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    Roush Performance offers a whole raft of parts for folks looking to tune their Ford Mustang and F-150 models, and now Focus owners can start getting in on the hotted-up action, too. Owners of the 2012-13 Focus and 2013 Focus ST can now get a Roush cold-air intake system, and ST owners can also opt for a high-performance cat-back exhaust. Although all of ...

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