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Report: New Ford Focus ST headed for Paris

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Jul 22nd 2010 at 2:27PM

As the launch of the 2012 Focus draws closer, Ford plans to roll out several variants of its C-segment people mover. And at this year's Paris Motor Show, the Blue Oval will reportedly kick off the party with the debut of a new Focus ST which could finally make its way to America next year. The Focus ST is expected to be propelled by an uprated version of the 2.0-liter Ecoboost inline-four – the same mill fitted to the Euro-market Mondeo – but with output boosted well over the current 200 horsepower.

In ST trim the engine should produce about 250 hp and close to 260 pound-feet of torque, with all that twist coming in low in the rev range to balance high-revving fun with enhanced around-town driveability. The ST should hit 60 mph in under six seconds with combined mileage of about 29 miles per gallon (U.S.). Earlier this year, Ford acknowledged that it was developing a "global" performance version of the new Focus, but never said explicitly that it would be offered in North America. Here's hoping that changes in Paris this September.



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New Ford Focus ST with 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo Pegged for Paris Debut

Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Categories | Ford, Ford Focus, Paris Auto Show, Reports |


A Ford insider has reportedly confirmed to Autoexpress magazine that the hotted-up ST version of the new Focus hatchback will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September. We remind you that the five-door hatchback and four-door sedan variants of the all-new Focus broke cover at the Detroit Show in January, followed by the European-market-only Station Wagon at the Geneva Salon in March.

It is possible that Ford may introduce the three-door hatchback version of the Focus alongside the ST in Paris. Either way, as with the current model, the hot hatch will be offered in both three- and five-door flavors.

Ford's product development boss, Derrick Kuzak, has already confirmed that the new ST will make use of the company's new EcoBoost engine (see here). This means the current ST's 225HP 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five will be replaced by Ford's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost unit, which is already offered on the refreshed S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs with 203HP, as well as on the facelifted Mondeo in 203HP and 240HP versions.

"Our commitment is to deliver an exciting performance model of the new Focus on a global basis and using a version of our advanced new Ford EcoBoost petrol direct-injection turbo engine," said Kuzak back in March. "We're not ready to reveal more details yet, but we recognize how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe."

We assume that the Focus ST will either get the Mondeo's 240HP unit, or perhaps an even more powerful version churning out around 250HP.

In addition to the EcoBoost engine, the new Focus ST will get a tweaked chassis with upgraded suspension, steering wheel and brake systems, as well as the usual aero add-ons and uprated alloy wheel / tire combos.

And while we know for sure that Europe will get the new ST, the company has yet to confirm U.S. availability.



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Report: Ford Focus ST coming to Paris

By Mark Kleis

Since Ford revealed the upcoming 2012 Focus sedan, hatchback and wagon models there has been much anticipation concerning the potential for a high-performance model, particularly given the recent attention on the Focus RS500.

Ford has previously confirmed the future of a “performance-minded” global Focus, at first stopping short of describing it as an ST, SVT or RS model. then in March, Ford’s Derrick Kuzzak suggested that the first performance Focus based on the new platform will indeed be an ST, stating that it, “will get an EcoBoost turbocharged engine, be exciting to drive, great to look at and certainly worth waiting for.”

Since Kuzzak confirmed the future of an ST little else has emerged about the future of the performance model, until now, as according to AutoExpress, an inside source at Ford has confirmed a Focus ST model will be debuting at the Paris Motor Show come this October.

The most logical choice for an ST Focus would come in the form of Ford’s latest EcoBoost offering, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is good for around 230 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. AE’s sources have suggested that the focus ST’s take on the 2.0liter EcoBoost will likely get a power boost from the traditional eco-minded configuration, possibly bringing horsepower as high as the 250-260 range, and powering the Focus from zero-t0-60 in under six seconds, topping out at 155 mph.

This new Focus ST will replace the outgoing model which utilized a less eco-friendly turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, which was also only good for 225 horsepower.

Although Ford hasn’t at one time confirmed both the Focus ST and a future in the U.S., it is highly likely as the automaker has separately promised a performance Focus under the new global One Ford plan and the shared Focus platform coming in 2011 for the 2012 model year.



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