Today Ford announced that the Focus ST will go on sale on 1st June, priced (in the UK) at £21,995. Deliveries are expected to start in September.
The previous ST’s 5-pot engine was forced into retirement by the Euro-5 regulations. The new car is powered by an all-alloy 2 litre 4-pot turbo EcoBoost unit, the new Ford Focus ST develops 247bhp, and returns 39.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 169g/km – 20 per cent better than the predecessor.
Suspension will be unique to the ST model, whilst non-linear variable-ratio steering and performance brakes have all been specifically tuned, by the Ford RS team in Europe, and the Ford SVT team in America.
We can expect to see the central exhaust, and Aston Martin-esque front grille as seen on the recent Concept. In terms of colour, you’ll be able to tick an option box marked “Tangerine Scream”.
The standard kit will include Ford Power keyless start, fabric Recaro seats, a DAB radio, Bluetooth for your phone and 18″ alloy wheels. The top of the range ‘ST3’ version (£25,495) gets heated leather seats, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and keyless entry.
This new ST will go on sale in 40 countries, but Ford expect it to be especially popular in Britain. “Ever since the arrival of the legendary GT40, Britain has become the spiritual home for performance Fords – and demand from UK enthusiast customers has always been strong,” said Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director. “This latest Focus ST is a global car that will excite customers around the world – but especially those in Britain.” Indeed, the previous 2 versions of Focus ST sold in large numbers, with 35,000 leaving dealer forecourts between 2002-2010.
The car will also be available in estate form, priced from £23,095.