Ford Focus

Ford Focus

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Ford Focus

Just before we rang in the new year, our spy photographers caught the updated version of the current-generation Ford Focus testing in the cold. Now, it looks like new year began with yet another testing session for the model, but this time the testing took place in hot weather.

Besides the temperature difference and lack of snow, what’s different this time is that our spy photographers managed to catch both the hatchback and the station wagon versions, and that both don the real taillights. Everything else remains identical to the previous prototype we caught, including the selective camouflaging.

Rumors suggest that the revised Focus will get a fully revised front end, an updated rear end, a bigger screen for the infotainment and satellite navigation system, and a revised button layout. Ford will likely add a new lineup of colors and materials, and some new wheels design.

Under its hood, we expect a revised engine lineup that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy.

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Less than a week until the official debut at the Geneva Auto Show , Ford has pulled the covers off its latest version of the Focus . The new styling takes after its big brother the Fusion and black-sheep cousin Mustang with its Aston-Martin grille and lower front fascia. First introduced in 2011, this is the third generation ’s first refresh.

Although Ford hasn’t released all the nitty-gritty details on the car, we understand the powertrain lineup is to remain relatively unchanged except for the new 1.0-liter I-3 EcoBoost and its six-speed manual transmission – a combination exclusive to the U.S. The rest of the world makes do with an automatic with their 1.0-liter EcoBoost – a combination that also exclusive to everywhere but here. Yep, Ford is only offering the 1.0-liter with a manual transmission within the States, so rowing your own gears is a must. The remainder of the Human race must look upon with envy.

The interior looks to remain similar to the current Focus with its highly styled dash and bolstered seats. Ford has said the interior will be getting a heavy dose of new in-dash technologies like an enhanced SYNC AppLink system that allows for greater smartphone connectivity.

Click past the jump for the newly released pictures and details of the 2015 Focus

Lately we have been treated to a smorgasbord of SEMA -bound Fiesta STs, Ford is following that up with Fiesta ST’s big brother: the Focus ST .

Bigger, faster, and more powerful than the Fiesta ST, the Focus ST is the kind of car that gets treated to a wide range of aftermarket modifications. Translation: expect a lot of these bad boys at SEMA.

One such program that will be in attendance is the PM Lifestyle-tuned Focus ST.

In working on this Focus ST, PM Lifestyle wanted to give the sports hatch that "southern California car culture," which is to say that it’s going to come with a host of modifications designed to perform in road rallies. Together with Infinite Auto Design, PM Lifestyle went to work, giving the Focus ST a custom paint job from Axalta, to go with carbon fiber exterior pieces, a custom harness, Sparco seats with Schroth Racing, five-point harnesses and a set of 19-inch, Rotiform wheels wrapped in GT Radial Champiro tires.

Under the hood, PM Lifestyle sought the assistance of Banks Power, COBB Tuning and Ford Racing in giving the Focus ST a hellacious powertrain upgrade, highlighted by a Banks Power straight-shot water-methanol injection system.

No word yet on how much output this Focus ST is going to have but we expect nothing less than a spectacular program from the guys over at PM Lifestyle.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST

It might be strange to see a livery made famous by one automaker get used by a completely different brand, but in the case of Green Filter USA’s program for the Ford Focus ST , the whole thing somehow works.

According to Green Filter, the decision to use the vintage — and unmistakable — Team Lotus livery on the Focus ST was done as a tribute to Ford ’s tradition in motorsports and its long-standing partnership with Team Lotus Racing.

As you can see, the car comes in that signature green and gold colors of Team Lotus, a nice reminder of the brands’ win at the Indianapolis 500 . The meticulous attention-to-detail that Green Filter exhibited is highlighted by specific reminders to the original Team Lotus racecar , including the exhaust outlets on the custom exhaust kit. A new set of 18-inch wheels from American Racing Wheels were also added into the equation and wrapped in Falken tires.

Performance modifications were also part of Green Filter’s work on the Focus ST. In this particular case, the makers of high-performance and eco-friendly air filters decided on taking advantage of its expertise with the installation of the aforementioned air filters.

The most distinctive characteristic of the PM-Lifestyle still goes back to that Lotus-inspired livery, something that was accomplished by Green Filters, in collaboration with curators from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., home of the original 1965 Lotus-Ford race car.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST

The Ford Focus ST is usually turned into a road racer , so it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to see the Focus receive a rally -themed modification, but in such a way that the final product classifies it as a law enforcement vehicle.

Confusing as that may sound, all you need to do is take one look at what Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti (DRAGG) did to the Focus ST to understand why the Focus ST looks as awesome as it does.

The sick custom paint job done on this SEMA -bound Focus ST resembles that of the white and black colors of an actual police cruiser . However, DRAGG takes it up a new level with the addition of LED emergency lights, a custom interior rifle rack and a custom push bar. Taken all together, those new elements effectively turned the Focus ST into a bonafide police rig.

The program fits right in with DRAGG’s mission of helping the youth focus on their future and avoid making decisions that could have a negative impact on their life.

But more than just the aesthetics and law enforcement additions, the DRAGG-tuned Focus ST also comes with a plethora of performance upgrades, highlighted by a Vortech turbocharger and complemented by a high-performance, bolt-on, cat-back exhaust with dual, 4.5-inch, polished stainless-steel tips from Borla, wheels from Motegi Racing, suspension from Eibach Springs and brakes from Wilwood Engineering.

While no performance figures were released, we have a feeling that we should see an addition of about 50 to 75 horsepower to the stock 252 horsepower and a jump from 270 pound-feet to around 365 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST

A lot of Ford’s SEMA -bound vehicles come with their share of aesthetic and performance upgrades. But you can argue that none come with the kind of visual appeal as the Ford Focus ST that was worked on by Universal Technical Institute.

Thanks to some help from the folks over at Axalta, UTI’s decision to dress up this Focus ST with a vintage Gulf Racing livery speaks to our inner racing enthusiast. There’s something about that recognizable blue and orange livery that just tugs at our strings and its no different then than it is now.

Moving past the Gulf Racing colors, the UTI team also sought the help of Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition to create and design the Focus ST’s exterior look. Once that was taken cared of, the car’s body kit was built by DTM Autobody while the 19-inch deep-concave Forgestar wheels were also added into the car, creating a more track-oriented look that adds more appeal to the sports hatchback’s already impressive looks.

Under the hood of this UTI-tuned Focus ST, an intercooler kit was installed by Vortech Superchargers with Motiv Concepts taking care of the high-flow catalytic converter. Taken together, this Focus ST sees a significant power boost, although the official numbers have yet to be announced.

Either way, this Focus ST is really one for the books. That’s how much love we have for that Gulf Racing livery.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST

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We are all used to seeing Jay Leno behind the wheel of high-performance cars, like the Shelby GT500 . In the latest edition of "Jay Leno’s Garage," however, he decided to give a hot hatchback a try. And what better hot hatch than the Ford Focus ST ?

The car was brought to him by Chief Engineer, Jamal Hameedi, who offered a few details on the Focus ST. He explains the technology behind the new, 252-horsepower Focus and why it is considered a global performance vehicle.

After explaining the car in detail, Leno and Hameedi took the car on the road and gave it a moderate thrashing by Jay Leno’s standards. Jay, of course, did not have the space to push the Focus ST to the 154 mph it is capable of hitting, but even so, he still did a great job behind the wheel.

Compact cars usually don’t generate the same kind of buzz compared to supercars .

Tell that to the 2014 Ford Focus , which seems to be getting its fair share of attention, thanks to a balanced offering that crosses off a whole lot boxes from people’s checklists.

The new Focus isn’t entirely new, although Ford did put some new additions to keep the model as fresh as can be in the face of competitors rolling out new models of their own (hello there, Toyota Corolla !).

Ultimately, Ford’s objective with the 2014 Focus appears to be simple. Keep it true to its nature and build on all the things people enjoy about it.

It’s still styled impressively; it’s got impressive efficiency numbers; and it’s technologically proficient. All of these give the Focus even more depth, character and appeal to the consumer. These are the kind of things that translate to sales.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Focus

Drag racing has become so ingrained in the fabric of auto racing that you often see one taking place in pretty much all corners of the world.

But while the traditional setup often involves just a pair of cars duking it out for quarter-mile supremacy, Motor Trend has taken the concept of drag racing to a whole new level with its now famous annual installment of “The World’s Greatest Drag Race."

Now on its third installment, "The World’s Greatest Drag Race" pits not just two cars but a dozen of them. 12 of the fastest and most powerful cars you’ll ever come across, starting side by side together and racing to see who can cover the quarter-mile the fastest.

MT’s first installment of this race was won by the Nissan GT-R and it would’ve been 2 for 2 if not for the Lamborghini Aventador beating out to punch in the second staging.

But now, the list is fresh with new exotics, ready, able and willing to take the mighty GT-R’s top perch in the order. There’s an Aston Martin Vanquish , an Audi R8 V10 Plus , a Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series , a Porsche Carrera 4S , and an SRT Viper among the worthy contenders.

Oh, and yes, the Nissan GT-R is back for a third go-round to reclaim its title.

We’re not going to spoil you to action because it’s going to make for a compelling six-and-so minutes of your life.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see The World’s Greatest Drag Race 1 and 2, you can click past the jump to go check them out!

It seems Europeans get all of the automotive fun, right? Well, Ford is about to reinforce that belief by unveiling the Mountune package for the already insane Focus ST .

This Mountune program does its power-boosting deeds by way of a handful of new components, including: a cast-allot inlet duct for easier breathing; high-flow sports air filter; larger intercooler for less heat soak on extended drives; and recalibration of the electronic systems. Buyers can opt to have the inlet duct and intercooler in silver or powder coated in black.

As it sits, the UK-spec Focus ST packs a mean wallop at 250 PS (246 horsepower) 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque straight off the showroom floor, but Ford’s Mountune program jumps it to an incredible 275 PS (271 horsepower) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque.

The power bump drops the Focus ST’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time from 6.5 to under 6 seconds. Additionally, the 31 to 62 mph acceleration time drops to just 4.9 seconds — a 0.8-second improvement.

The upgrade only takes about 90 minutes to install on the Focus ST and comes in at £1,225 ($1,852) for the silver components or £1,275 ($1,928) for the powder coated black components. This means a total investment of between £23,200 ($35,080) and £26,770 ($40,480), depending on the level of Focus ST and the Mountune kit chosen.

Unfortunately, there is no mention of this kit ever making it to the U.S. We can hope, right?


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