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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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    Report: Focus ST diesel variant coming, just don't look for it here
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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: 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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    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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