Brian Joss –
The new Ford Focus ST is the most advanced version yet, offering an even more responsive, balanced and refined driving experience with new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification.
“The new Focus ST delivers an even more sophisticated balance of performance, driving dynamics, refinement and style, which are at the core of the Ford Performance DNA,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).
The Focus ST also benefits from the increased technology and craftsmanship that debuted in the new Focus which was launched in South Africa in March.
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 184kW 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that powers the Focus ST has won critical acclaim is capable of powering the new Focus ST from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, while returning a combined fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100km* and 159 g/km CO2.The new Focus ST uses a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shift. The gear ratios – exclusive to ST – deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.
The new Focus ST will be available in ST1 and ST3 trim levels. Recaro sports seats are standard fitment on both models, featuring grey/charcoal/anthracite black fabric on the ST1, while the ST3 seats have full charcoal black leather trim.
Standard features on the ST1 include keyless start, footwell illumination, ST-branded leather steering wheel and gear knob, ST scuff plates, ST triple dial cluster, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and an advanced Thatcham alarm and anti-theft system. Ford’s SYNC® with Bluetooth and Voice Activation is included, along with remote steering wheel controls and dual USB ports.
Ford Performance engineers subjected the new Focus ST to a series of intensive performance durability tests to ensure the vehicle was ready for a life of hard driving.
Four test vehicles each completed Ford’s punishing passenger car durability tests at the company’s Lommel proving ground in Belgium.
The test regime included replicating a 10-year, 240 000km vehicle lifetime in the hands of the most extreme customer. This was followed directly by 5 000km of flat-out track driving, including the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, and the Nardo test facility in southern Italy where temperatures can soar beyond 40 deg C.
Ford has sold more than 140 000 Focus ST models in 40 countries worldwide since the car was first launched in 2002.