Ford has finally taken off the wraps on their all-brand new Focus ST. The funky and yet bold hot hatch is more than ever prepared to kick some rival’s buttocks. We all love and appreciate the Focus ST and the new one has more punch to give in. Ford has managed to give it lots of power, more tech and interesting driving modes but is it good enough to match against the Golf 7.5 GTi? Well here are FIVE things you need to know about the new Focus ST.
Yes, of course, we all knew that Ford Performance will fit the 2.3 litre Ecoboost petrol engine from the Focus RS into the new Focus ST. The engine produces 280 hp (209 kW), which has 28 hp (21 kW) more than the predecessor which used a 2.0 litre Ecoboost petrol engine. Performance figures are yet to be announced but expect it to hit 0-100 km/h around 6 seconds. Then again, we are expecting this engine to impress us a lot.
And one more thing, you can get an ST dedicated diesel engine. It’s quite shocking that Ford has added a high-performance diesel engine to the ST range to rival the Golf GTD. It’s not what you would call weak, it produces a reasonable 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm of torque which is enough to put a smile on your face, or will it? Anyway it’s there for you to explore but a hot hatch makes more sense with a petrol engine, I’m just saying.
The ST has always had quite a shy persona but the new one looks much bigger and much more aggressive. The front bumper has been redesigned to give that aggressive appearance whilst maintaining a subtle look. I quite like it very much. There are some sporty side skits to add on to the sporty touch of the car. The ST comes with standard 18-inch wheels and optional 19-inch wheels.
The rear is now totally different from the predecessor, the rear bumper has been revised with the two exhaust pipes now on each side of the bumper which really amps up the looks of the ST. The huge rear spoiler takes it up onto a whole new level. There are various colours to choose from like the classic Orange Fury or Frozen White.
With the introduction of the New Focus, the interior is much different much likeable but not as quite as good looking as the one in the Golf GTI but still, it’s good enough to satisfy you. The Focus ST gets the latest Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system which includes Apple Carplay and AndroidAuto. It’s exactly everything you will ever need on a fabulous 8-inch touchscreen display. Ford has really thought it out for the driver, much appreciated.
The steering wheel is sporty, the Recaro sports seats look very much good and comfortable. The paddle shifters are made out of aluminium to make them solid and refined and Ford makes it sportier with some alloy pedals, not a bad touch.
4. New Additions
The new Focus ST gets an electronic limited-slip differential to allow you to do some awesome skits. This also eliminates torque steer and increases stable ride control whilst providing that enjoyable experience. There is also a new sports exhaust which will crackle and pop to enlighten you, not quite sure if you will get that experience on the diesel engine. It will come with not only one but two transmissions, there’s a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed automatic transmission. Thank goodness Ford answered our prayers with an automatic gearbox. It’s about time that Ford catches up with the competition.
There is also an addition of an anti-lag system in the turbochargers to reduce the lag. The idea is that the system allows the turbo to keep spinning even though you’re not flooring it. This will help the car to get that instant power when needed. A new driving mode is also added which is track mode. This configures the settings by stiffening the suspension, increasing throttle response and adjusting the dampers to make the car more enjoyable on the racetrack.
Prices have not yet been announced by Ford but expect it to be priced around R470 000 and the top of the range model could cost R550 000. It may be compared with the Golf GTi but its real competition is the likes of the Renault Megane RS and Hyundai i30 N. We shall see what unfolds at its global reveal at the Geneva Motor Show.