The reveal of the new, more elegant-looking Ford Focus has us excited, but the Focuses we're really waiting for are the high-performance ones, the ST and the RS. Based on these spy shots, it looks like we probably don't have long to wait for the former. They seem to show an ST in very minimal camouflage lapping the Nurburgring.
Ford Focus ST News
Three of the cars are based on the Focus RS, one is based on an ST.
If these latest spy shots are anything to go by, Ford could be preparing to bridge the gap between the Focus ST and Focus RS with a more potent front-driver.
Overseas, Ford offers the Focus ST as a wagon roofline with a diesel engine and a six-speed manual. But could it possibly be as good as the one we know? Carfection sets out to find out.
Ford Performance and Michelin have announced a new partnership that will see the French rubber company provide the tires for all the Blue Oval's performance models, including the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, Shelby GT350 and GT350R, F-150 Raptor, and Ford GT.
Autoblog senior editor Greg Migliore gives the highlights from the week in automotive news.
Ford releases an upgrade kit for the Focus ST, 2015 shows a spike in traffic-related deaths, and the future of Audi is previewed.
Ford Performance's MP275 kit for the 2015 Focus ST takes output up to 275 hp and 296 lb-ft, while maintaining the factory warranty. The setup includes revised engine mapping, a high-flow intercooler, new intake, and all of the necessary hardware.
The Ford Focus ST Diesel promises hot hatch performance with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions to European customers. But does it? Ford has staged a skewed, one-lap battle around the Castle Combe Circuit with the diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions of the ST to find out.
Ford Racing is offering the ProCal handset for $595, allowing you to reflash the ECU on your EcoBoost-equipped ride to extract more of its inherent capabilities without any additional upgrades. It gives you control of variables such as throttle response, idle speed and turbo wastegate control, among others.
Recalls! 2014 will be forever remembered as the year that automakers went recall crazy, with millions and millions of vehicles adding up to crush previous recall records well before the end of the year. Adding to that tally is Ford, which announced a call-back for 163,000 vehicles.
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.