Ford’s most potent Focus comes with 22K price tag
Order books for the 246bhp Focus ST open on Thursday (1st June), with first deliveries in September.
The £21,995 will buy the hatchback, while the car will also be offered in estate form at prices from £23,095.
Power for the ST comes from a 2-litre, direct-injection, all-alloy, turbo four-cylinder petrol engine.
And Ford is keen to point out that while the car has plenty of pace, it also scores on its eco credentials – combined cycle fuel consumption is 39.2mpg and the 169g/km emissions figure is 20 per cent better than its predecessor.
The car also boasts bespoke suspension, variable-rate suspension and performance brakes, while to make the car stand out from its siblings it has a unique trapezoidal grille, a large centre-mounted exhaust and a head-turning paint option dubbed ‘Tangerine Scream.’
All Focus ST models will be supplied as standard with keyless start, Recaro seats, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and 18-inch alloy wheels.
There are three trim levels and the range-topping ST3 model boasts heated leather seats, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and keyless entry.
The car was developed jointly by Ford teams in Europe and the US – according to UK boss Mark Ovenden it is a true global car, on sale in 40 countries.
However Britain is expected to be one of the biggest markets – more than 35,000 previous-model STs have been sold in the UK between 2002 and 2010.
“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,” Ovenden says.
“This latest Focus ST is a global car that will excite customers around the world – but especially those in Britain,” he adds.
Heavy promotion for the new ST will result from its role in the forthcoming movie reviving hit 1970s TV series The Sweeney, starring Ray Winstone.
Words by: Andrew Charman