The new Ford Focus ST is the most advanced version yet, and it goes on sale in Ireland next month, priced from €39,100.
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. And 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 0-100km/h (62mph ) in 8.1 seconds, 4.2 l/100km (67.3mpg ), and 110g/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 0-100km/h (0-62mph ) in 6.5 seconds, fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100km (41.5mpg ), and 159g/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.
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” alloys; unique ST body: spoiler, front and rear bumper, rocker panels and front grille; Auto-start-stop; ST scuff plates; heated front Recaro seats; auto lights and wipers; special ST suspension; keyless start; and Thatcham alarm.
“Whether for the enthusiast or novice, the Focus ST possesses all the great, fun-to-drive qualities that customers want,” says Ciaran McMahon, chairman and managing director of Ford Ireland. “And with the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new version is even more enjoyable and rewarding to drive - the new Focus ST is in a class of its own.”
The Focus ST also benefits from technology and craftsmanship first revealed for the new Ford Focus – the world’s best-selling global nameplate. The sporty and aggressive new five-door models will offer class-leading driver assistance technologies and connectivity features including the SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system.
The aforementioned new chassis control technologies include industry-first enhanced transitional stability system; combined with re-tuned suspension and steering to help deliver a driving experience that is even more responsive, balanced and refined.