Ford Focus ST at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Ford Focus ST

  • Competes with: Mazdaspeed3, Honda Civic Si, Subaru WRX
  • Looks like: Focus SVT fanatics will be rewarded for their patience
  • Drivetrain: 247-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission
  • Hits dealerships: 2012

Ever since the North American and European Focus coalesced into the same uniform model for 2012, American sport enthusiasts have been anticipating a replacement of the SVT, the high-performance Focus model that was killed nearly eight years ago.

Next year, these faithful will get what they wanted in the guise of the Ford Focus ST. This pocket rocket will be powered by the first EcoBoost engine announced for the U.S. Focus, a 247-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 250 pounds-feet of torque. Those estimates are pending final SAE ratings. The motor will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission only.

There are many more mechanical changes behind the robust engine in the Focus ST, however. Ford has reworked the suspension by upgrading the shock absorbers and springs. The rear suspension has been revised with uprated suspension knuckles and an all-new antiroll bar design. Overall, the sport-tuned suspension offers less ground clearance, but better cornering abilities, says Ford.

The electronic stability system and Torque Vectoring Control programming have been revised in the ST, too. The stability control has three modes to choose from, including an intermediate “reduced or wide-slip mode,” which turns off traction control off and intrudes only when absolutely necessary. Stability control can be turned off, but the Torque Vectoring Control will remain active, no matter the setting. Torque Vectoring Control, which is also found on the base Focus, applies brake torque to the inner wheel to reduce understeer.

The electronic power-assisted steering also has a torque steer compensation program, which detects torque steer and counteracts it when necessary.

Besides all the technical upgrades, the ST also shows off its more aggressive nature inside and out. The ST features large 18-inch wheels and unique exterior ground effects kit. A large lowered honeycomb front grille and a Ford badge moved high on the front leading edge of hood make the ST instantly recognizable. Within the cabin, the ST is comes with Recaro-brand sport seats and partial and full leather upholstery are available. The pedals, steering wheel and gearshift designs are unique to the ST, too.

We’ll have more information on the Focus ST once the 2011 L.A. Auto Show gets underway, but for now, check out the additional photos below.

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Comments 

J

Wait a second there.
The "Competes with" list sounds like it needs some work.
The only one that is similar is the Mazdaspeed3.
This will whip the Si but not the same as WRX.

Dan

The Si is out of its league here, but the WRX or the 3 ought to be a pretty fair fight. If you mean WRX STi, that is a different level.

Ken Block

This thing will kick the crap out of the wrx... and be easier to tune than the STi which then it will overtake... I know... I drove them all.. and I'm the best, :)

jyd

Please, the Civic Si is mostly a graphics package and very overrated. The MS3 won't be able to keep up with this. The WRX may be able to but I don't care if it's way ahead or way behind as long as I don't have to look at it. The WRX is still as ugly as ever.

J

This thing will have a hard time catching the WRX.
The basic difference in how the drive system gives it a superior traction to put down all those extra power on the road.

Anonymous Coward

I'd be interested in this or the Fiesta ST if they had a DSG.

MS3Owner

I own a MazdaSpeed 3 with light mods and I smoke all SI's, WRX STi's and surely will smoke this Focus even if it has Mods. Don't sleep on the MS3 !!!

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