Launched in Europe in 2005, the Focus ST was the result of FoMoCo ’s desire to join the challenging hot hatch market. Offered in either a three- or five-door version, the first iteration of the ST featured revised front and rear fascias and a number of exclusive features that set it apart from the regular Focus hatches . Under the hood, the ST carried a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine based on a Volvo design. Although the regular Focus crossed the Pond in 2000, the ST version remained a no-no for the U.S. of A. until 2013. As we head into 2015, ford has unveiled a refreshed version of the peppy hatch.
The current model , which we can now purchase at any Ford dealerships, switched from the five-pot to a 2.0-liter inline-four. The turbocharged unit packs even more power, sending 252 ponies and 270 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. With all that power under the hood, the Focus ST not only sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a nippy 5.9 seconds, but it also returns up to 32 mpg on the highway.
Coming into 2015, the Focus ST is receiving its well-deserved refresh and gaining all the revised details seen on its milder, sedan brother .
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus ST.
As expected, the Focus ST gained the refreshed fascia introduced to the rest of the lineup earlier this year. Up front, a set of longer, narrower headlamps come to replace the previous units, while the already muscular hood receives a center bulge to further highlight the aggressive appeal that comes with the ST moniker. The slightly revised grille features the same honeycomb pattern and "ST" badging, but it carries a cleaner look with the two bumper extensions seen on the previous model removed. The lower apron was slightly redesigned too, with the central air intake and side DLR housings growing in size.
The revised rear fascia includes similar updates. The taillights are a tad smaller and feature a different pattern. The revised hatch comes with a slightly different roof spoiler, while the bumper receives a larger black insert. The hot hatch is rather unchanged when viewed from the side, with only a new set of Rado Gray, 18-inch wheels making a difference.
The 2015 Focus ST comes with standard LED lighting, while HID headlamps are available at no extra cost only on the ST2 and ST3 trims. The options list also includes a new 18-inch wheel design with red brake calipers and a choice of two body stripes. These are available in either Satin Black or High Gloss Red and add matching mirror caps. Speaking of colors, Ford discontinued the Ingot Silver for the Focus ST and added a Magnetic Metallic hue. An inspired move we may add, as the ST should be kept away from boring shades of silver.
Interior updates are noticeable throughout the cabin, but "redesign" is not the appropriate word when it comes to these changes. The overall layout is pretty much similar to last year’s model, especially in the dashboard and center console areas. Notice the rearranged buttons and switches below the infotainment display and the repositioned parking brake, which now sits alongside the driver seat. The steering wheel is also new, featuring three spokes instead of four and individual buttons.
Naturally, Ford kept the additional bank of gauges, which displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information, above the center console, as well as the Recaro sports seats. These come wrapped in gray and black fabric with the ST1 trim and in full Charcoal Black leather in the range-topping ST3 model. The mid-range ST2 adds partial leather that can be ordered in either Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm or Race Red.
Also new are the USB smart charging port which charges two times faster than the previous port and the front door storage units with cupholders. Technology-wise, the Focus ST features Ford SYNC with enhance AppLink, Android and iOS connectivity and standard rearview camera.
The hatchback’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine remains unchanged for the 2015 model year. The four-banger delivers the same amount of 252 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 like the model it replaces. Also unchanged is the fact that the unit can only be mated to six-speed manual transmission with exclusive gear ratios.
All told, the ST’s 0-to-60 mph sprint time remains nailed at 5.9 seconds, while top speed is reached at 154 mph. Expect the 2015 model year hatchback to return the same 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Despite missing an engine update, the Focus ST remains more powerful a quicker than its main rival, the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
|Type||2.0-liter EcoBoost engine|
|Output||252 HP @ 5,500 RPM|
|Torque||270 LB-FT @ 2,500 RPM|
Although Ford didn’t meddle with the engine, it did improve the vehicle’s suspension and steering for enhanced driving dynamics. The sports suspension now features brand-new front springs and tweaked shock absorbers all around for a sportier feel. The electric power-assisted steering has been revised too, and Ford claims it will provide drivers with improved steering feel.
Pricing for the 2015 Focus ST is not yet available, but expect it to start from around $25,000 and reach into $30,000 territory in ST3 trim. The current model retails from $24,115.
The legendary Golf GTI, the ruler of the hot hatch segment has reached its seventh generation. The new iteration arrived for the 2013 model year with updates inside and out, including a brand-new platform to sit on. Its 2.0-liter, inline-four engine now delivers 230 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, leaving it behind the Focus ST in terms of output.
Although quicker than its predecessor, the Golf VII GTI is slower than the Focus in terms of acceleration, needing 6.4 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph. The ST can do that in only 5.9 seconds. Of course, the Golf GTI benefits from a more luxurious interior and an automatic transmission, two feats the Ford can’t match for the time being. The 2015 Golf GTI retails from $24,995.
Gallery Volkswagen Golf VII GTI
Introduced in 2012, the Hyundai Veloster is getting a facelift for the 2015 model year. The Koreans are readying a new front grille and a couple of reshaped bumpers to go with the revised headlamps and taillights. Inside, Hyundai is adding an updated Supervision Cluster unit and more soft-touch surfaces to replace the cheap plastic.
Engine-wise, expect the 2015 Veloster Turbo to feature the same 1.6-liter four-banger and no updates as far as output goes. That places the Hyundai way behind its competitors at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. As for pricing, the Veloster Turbo will surely outgun its competitors with a sticker placed below the $22,000 mark.
Gallery Hyundai Veloster Turbo
We already had a clue on what this facelift wound bring to the ST, thanks to the 2015 Focus sedan , so we’re a bit disappointed there’s no extra power under the hood. On the other hand, 252 ponies and 270 pound-feet of twist are best-in-class features, and we can’t really argue with Ford’s decision the delay such updates. The hot hatch comes with great fuel economy numbers, and now that new suspension and steering are in place, it promises to deliver even more fun.
- Refreshed exterior
- Retuned suspension and steering
- Revised interior
- New colors and stripes
- Still has the power and torque
- No engine updates
- Mild interior redesign
Gallery Ford Focus ST
The 2015 Ford Focus ST makes its global debut today at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the ideal venue for showcasing the enhanced driving dynamics of Ford’s global performance version of the new Focus.
“Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Now, with improved dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch worldwide.”
Focus ST will benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus – the world’s best-selling global nameplate. Ford introduced the first Focus ST in 2002; since then, more than 140,000 examples have been sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Refinements for the upgraded 2015 Focus ST include:
Redesigned, sportier front and rear fascias
HID headlamps standard with ST2 and ST3 trim levels with Recaro seats
Standard LED signature lighting
18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels standard
Available new 18-inch alloy wheel design with red painted brake calipers
New exterior color, Magnetic Metallic, replaces Ingot Silver
Two over-the-top stripe choices now available – Satin Black and High Gloss Red, stripes come with matching mirror skull caps
Redesigned instrument panel center stack with improved climate controls and new finishes
New center console with more storage space including a new media bin with USB smart charging port, which charges two times faster than previous USB port
Updated front door storage with cupholders
New flat-bottom steering wheel to provide extra leg clearance for the driver
Available heated steering wheel
Available eight-way power driver’s seat
Revised steering for improved feel
Rear view camera standard
Enhanced driving dynamics
Ford Team RS, the award-winning European arm of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle group, made improving the entire driving experience the No. 1 objective for the new Focus ST.
The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier shock absorber tuning front and rear to deliver even sharper dynamic performance. The electric power-assisted steering has also been revised to provide the Focus ST driver with improved steering feel.
“We are proud Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics, and the new Focus ST further ups the ante,” said Nair. “The engineering enhancements to the suspension and steering deliver greater responsiveness, agility and precision – all of which will reward the performance enthusiast with an exhilarating driving experience.”
Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine uses turbocharging, twin independent variable camshaft timing and high-pressure direct injection to deliver uncompromising performance. Peak output of 252 horsepower is available at 5,500 rpm, while torque peaks at 270 lb.-ft. at 2,500 rpm.
The engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shifter. The gear ratios – exclusive to ST – deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.
The new Focus ST features sportier and more aggressive styling than the previous generation, with a lower, wider stance; new dynamically sculpted hood; slimmer headlamps and rectangular fog lamps.
The sports body kit also includes body‑colored side skirts and diffuser elements either side of the exhaust, and a rear roof spoiler optimized for aerodynamic performance. All new Focus ST models feature twin-hexagonal center tailpipes.
“The design of the new Focus is stronger and sportier, and that allowed us to make the new ST even more aggressive and dramatic,” said Moray Callum, Ford group vice president, Global Design. “The front bumper is deeper, the honeycomb upper grille is higher and more upright, and the lower grille is larger. The deeper rear bumper really emphasizes the width of the car.”
Ford has redesigned the Focus interior for a more intuitive layout, with a clearer visual connection between key components and significantly fewer buttons in the cabin.
An additional bank of three gauges – an ST hallmark – is situated in a central instrument pod and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information. A new, flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim, a satin chrome-topped gear lever and ST pedals deliver the interior ST drivers expect.
Satin chrome door grab handles and aluminum scuff plates with illumination add extra touches of refinement. The car’s sport seats developed jointly by Ford and Recaro provide the support required to fully enjoy the ST driving experience, along with comfort for everyday driving.
The new Focus ST will be available in ST1, ST2 and ST3 trim levels. ST1 seats feature gray/charcoal/anthracite black fabric; ST2 adds partial leather with base and side bolsters available in four colors – Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm or Race Red; ST3 seats have full charcoal black leather finish.
Driver-assist, convenience and connectivity technologies include Ford SYNC®. 2015 Focus ST drivers will have access to powerful capabilities thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink™.
Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.