Just arrived in Ireland, the new Ford Focus ST is the most advanced version of Ford’s celebrated performance car. The entry-level ST2 5D hatchback, powered by the 2.0 EcoBoost 250bhp, is priced at €39,100. The ST2 5D hatchback 2.0 TDCi, 180bhp, is for sale at €39,800.
Then there is the sporty new Focus ST2 Wagon, again with the 2.0 TDCi, adding a reasonable price differential of just €1,250 (to €41,050 ). Ford says that the new Focus ST offers an even more responsive, balanced, and refined driving experience with new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification.
For the first time, it will be offered with the choice of two powerful engines, one petrol and one diesel. The first diesel Focus ST takes day-to-day usability and sportiness to a new level, by delivering the most fuel-efficient and lowest CO2 Ford performance car ever; 185 PS 2.0-litre TDCi achieves 0-100 km/h (62 mph ) in 8.1 seconds, 4.2 L/100 km (67.3 mpg ), and 110 g/km CO2, the same fuel efficiency as a standard Focus 1.6 litre TDCi 95 PS model.
For customers who prefer petrol, the 250 PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph ) in 6.5 seconds, fuel consumption of 6.8 L/100 km (41.5 mpg ), and 159 g/km CO2. Both models offer Auto-Start-Stop for the first time that improves the EcoBoost version’s fuel economy by six per cent, and helps make it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever.
The Focus ST’s award-winning development team, part of the global Ford Performance organisation, made improving the entire driving experience the number one objective for the new Focus ST. The strengthened body structure of the new Focus provided the foundation for the improvements.
The enhanced front-end body stiffness, achieved by increasing the thickness of two structural brackets within the engine bay and using a stronger metal arc welding technique, delivers reduced body flex during cornering, resulting in sharper responses and greater agility. The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier new shock absorber tuning front and rear, with stiffer suspension bushes on the front lower control arm and rear spring links.
In combination with the model-specific anti-roll bars and rear springs from the previous generation ST, these enhancements deliver an even sharper dynamic performance. The calibration of the electronic power assisted steering (EPAS ) and electronic vehicle control systems also has been revised to meet the specific sporting requirements of the new Focus ST.
Key innovations include the industry-first Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS ) system as part of the vehicle’s advanced Electronic Stability Control (ESC ). ETS senses vehicle stability and driver inputs, predicts when a skid or loss of control might occur, and intervenes as required using individual wheel braking to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed, for example in a lane-change situation.
The new 185 PS 2.0-litre diesel engine that debuts in the new Focus ST has been optimised to deliver ST performance and character alongside fuel efficiency and everyday practicality. The 185 PS diesel is based on Ford’s new fuel-efficient 2.0-litre TDCi design. The engine features the latest generation common rail direct injection system operating at 2,000 bar pressure (29,000 psi ), variable geometry turbocharging, a new cylinder head, and revised engine block.
A range of technologies enhance efficiency and reduce emissions, including an active thermal management system, variable oil pump, low-friction diamond like coating on selected bearing surfaces, and Ford’s lean NOx trap exhaust after-treatment system. The increased power output for the Focus ST, a 23 per cent gain over the 150 PS 2.0-litre engine in the new Focus range, is achieved using a unique calibration, a revised air intake system, and a new sports-tuned exhaust.
Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine uses turbocharging, twin-independent variable cam timing technology, and high-pressure direct-injection to deliver uncompromising performance. The 250 PS high-output derivative was developed exclusively for the Focus ST, with unique engine calibration, intake, and exhaust systems. Peak power is available at 5,500rpm, 360Nm of torque is available from 2,000-4,500rpm, and maximum speed is 248km/h (154 mph ).
Both engines use a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw, shift. The gear ratios, exclusive to ST and matched individually to each engine, deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.
Both the diesel and EcoBoost petrol versions will be offered to customers in Ireland. Standard spec on both versions includes: 18 inch alloy, unique ST body, spoiler, front and rear bumper, rocker panels, front grille, auto-start-stop, ST scuff plates, heated front Recaro seats, auto lights and wipers, special ST suspension, keyless start, and Thatcham alarm.