The performance version of the compact Focus, the ST promises to give any driver a thrill ride with its 252 horsepower 2-liter Ecoboost engine. The engine features an overboost that will provide 270 pound-feet of torque for a full 15 seconds.
The final approved mileage numbers, released today, are 23 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. That puts the Focus ST 1 mpg better than Volkswagen GTI's 31 mpg and 7 mpg better than the Mazda Speed3 on the highway.
"We're putting the 'power' in the power of choice, again," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development in a news release. "This is just one more example of the 'win-win' in the Focus ST narrative. This kind of performance combined with these high levels of efficiency sets a new benchmark with this car."
The front-wheel drive compact sports car segment may be small, but there's plenty of vehicles to choose from that offer practical mileage, a roomy hatch and loads of four-cylinder power.
The Focus ST arrives at dealerships later this summer and will have a starting price of $24,495, including shipping.