Ford has pulled the wraps off the all-new Focus ST, and here’s our first official look at the hottest new performance car on the block. It’ll be available as a hatchback and an estate, with either petrol or diesel engines offered. We’ll have it in our dealerships from summer 2019.The 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is pretty similar to the one you’ll find in the Ford Mustang, pushing out 276hp here. That’s up 29bhp over the last Focus ST, and almost exactly the same as the Renault Megane RS. The 0-62mph time now starts with a five.
Highlighting its position as the sportiest, most powerful Focus (at least until the new RS comes along), the 2019 Ford Focus ST features an enticing range of performance additions. There’s more advanced rear suspension, a limited-slip differential and selectable driving modes, plus super-quick steering that takes just two turns from lock to lock.
If that’s not enough, you can order a Performance Pack in the options list. Tick the box and you’ll also get to enjoy launch control, Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping (which scans the road for imperfections every two milliseconds), a Track mode and rev-matching on the six-speed manual gearbox.
Just like in the previous Focus ST, a diesel version is also offered. This time, it produces 187hp and only slightly less torque than the petrol model. Ford hasn’t revealed its 0-62mph acceleration figures, but expect between 6.5 and 7 seconds. For a more practical alternative, you can order both petrol and diesel engines with the estate body shell, while a seven-speed automatic is also available. No longer having a central exhaust pipe means you can tow things with the ST, should you want to.
Inside, you’ll get Recaro sports seats – like the Fiesta ST – and exhaust amplification technology that heightens the sporty feeling. Plus, there are a handful of ST badges and unique trim inserts. Tech-wise, the ST offers all the kit you’d expect from a top-spec Focus, including adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition, adaptive front lighting, active parking assistance, a head-up display and evasive steering assistance, which can swerve you out of danger when possible. Plus, you can connect and wirelessly charge your phone, and FordPass Connect is included to turn your car into a 10-device WiFi hotspot among many other features.
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