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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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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #247
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    Ford Focus ST, Three-cylinder EcoBoost, Frankfurt anticipation, Jaguar C-X16 Episode #247 of the Autoblog Podcast is here. This week Chris and Dan are joined by Damon Lavrinc to talk about the Ford Focus ST, a three-cylinder EcoBoost, mull the excitement starting in Frankfurt and ogle the Jaguar C-X16. Your questions and comments power the last third of ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #247 LIVE
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    We record Episode #247 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop us your questions via our Q&A module below. Check out our discussion topics or chime in to help determine what else the crew chats about this evening, too. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in ...

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    Official: Ford reveals production 2012 Focus ST, shows off Euro-only Focus ST Wagon [UPDATE]
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    Hot hatch fans have been waiting patiently for Ford to officially reveal its new Focus ST. Well, stop waiting and start securing your deposit, because the Blue Oval brand has finally pulled back the sheet and peeled off the camouflage. The 2012 Ford Focus ST will makes its global debut at this week's 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and we've got all the ...

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    Video: Ford to release series of 2012 Focus ST background vids via Facebook
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    Ford embraced the social media movement early on, and it proved a successful tactic ahead of the launch of its then all-new Fiesta. The automaker is once again taking to Facebook and Twitter, this time to keep hatchback fans in the loop of the production progress of the upcoming Ford Focus ST. Key folks involved in the development of the hot hatch are ...

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    Report: Ford confirms next-gen Focus RS
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    We're waiting patiently – very patiently – for the 2012 Focus ST to show up in the showroom of our local Ford dealership. Meanwhile, our friends around the world have been able to play with the top-tier Focus RS, and they're already waiting on the next generation. They won't have to wait much longer, though, as Ford in Australia has ...

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    Report: Ford evaluating Focus ST for World Touring Car Championship
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    When Ford rolled out the new Focus, it launched a program to adapt the car to various touring car racing specifications. The car has been performing admirably in the British Touring Car Championship, winning several races last season with Arena Motorsport to finish second in the teams standings. But now Ford's reportedly got its eye on a bigger ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford testing 60 Focus ST models around the world
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    We're looking forward to getting our hands on the ST variant of the Ford Focus, and why not? We Americans have had no choice but to sit back and watch while our overseas comrades got to have all the fun behind the wheel of high-performance Focii, which made the hot hatchbacks the forbidden fruit we tend to crave. Ford promises that the U.S. will finally ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus ST caught cold-weather testing and track tuning
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    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 ...

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    Video: 2012 Ford Focus ST is still our orange crush
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    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 ...

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    LA 2010: Ford Focus Race Car Concept goes global *Update
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    Ford likes to tout the 2012 Focus' global credentials, because this is the first time the compact sedan and hatchback will be offered with minimal changes in nearly every market the Blue Oval operates. Interestingly, Ford has taken a similar approach with the racing version of the Focus, which it says is designed to compete in all kinds of rally touring ...

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    Paris 2010: 2012 Ford Focus ST hatches early
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    To say that American enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting a properly hotted up version of Ford's European hatchback would be a gross understatement. And while we're still waiting for a proper Focus RS to hit our shores, we're certainly happy to see its little brother, the Focus ST, hit the showroom floor with promises of coming Stateside in 2012 ...

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    2012 Ford Focus ST details released ahead of world premiere in Paris
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    This is the 247-horsepower, turbocharged 2012 Ford Focus ST hatchback. It's coming to the United States. Watch your back, Volkswagen GTI. We've long lusted after the Ford Focus RS hot hatch sold in Europe, and while the ST is a slightly tamer version of the pocket-rocket RS, it still has plenty of kit to do battle with hot hatches the world over. The ...

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    Paris Preview: 247-hp 2012 Ford Focus ST set to go global
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    Earlier this year, Ford promised us a hotter version of the all-new Focus, and at this month's Paris Motor Show, the Blue Oval is sticking to its word. The 2012 Ford Focus ST will be the brand's first high-performance model developed under the watchful eye of its global performance vehicle team, and while the hatch you see here is being billed as a ...

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    Paris preview: Ford confirms debut of "exciting performance" Focus concept
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    Just days ago, Ford confirmed that the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in the current Focus ST and RS would be discontinued due to its inability to meet Euro 5 emissions standards. This left us eagerly awaiting the announcement of a replacement model for Ford's hot hatch. Now, the word is out that Ford will debut the Focus ST's successor, at least ...

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    Focus ST fails to meet Euro 5 standard, Ford gives it the axe
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    While we certainly support tightening emissions standards, it pains us to see that automakers are consistently axing some of their most potent models because they fail to meet upcoming regulations. Just last week, the 2.0-liter Honda Civic Type-R fell victim to Europe's looming Euro 5 standard. Now, we can add the infamous 2.5-liter, turbocharged ...

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    Report: The Ford Focus ST is dead, long live the Focus ST
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    The Euro 5 emissions standards have struck again, contributing to the (timely) death of the current generation Ford Focus ST. The ST is yet another high-powered Euro-only offering to meet its end at the hands of the upgraded emissions regs, joining the ranks of the recently axed Honda Civic Type-R, Mazda RX-8, V6-powered Alfa Brera and the 5.0-liter ...

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    In ST trim the engine should produce about 250 hp and close to 260 pound-feet of torque, with all that twist coming in low in the rev range to balance high-revving fun with enhanced around-town driveability. The ST should hit 60 mph in under six seconds with combined mileage of about 29 miles per gallon (U.S.). Earlier this year, Ford acknowledged that ...

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