Ford Actually Believes That the Focus ST Is Better Than the Volkswagen Golf GTI
Ford has been working to dethrone the Volkswagen Golf GTI with the Focus ST for more than a decade now. Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly successful at it, as the Golf GTI is still the best-selling hot hatch in nearly every market. But Ford Performance Europe boss Stefan Meunzinger thinks that the latest-generation Focus ST finally has what it takes to overtake its rival.
The 2020 Ford Focus ST Might Be Fast, but It’s Boring to Look At
Ford makes some of the best hot hatches on the planet, and according to those who have already driven it, the new Focus ST is no exception. However, the Blue Oval was a bit overly cautious with the styling of the new Focus ST, so much so that it doesn’t even look like a proper ST, but more like an ST Line.
And I’m a car guy who pays attention to details and is usually quick to spot (even subtle) differences between models, but even to myself this just looks like the sport pack you pay a bit extra for to have on your mid-range Focus. This is a disappointment because it really doesn’t do this car’s performance and handling justice - if I’d buy this car, I’d instantly start searching for some sort of more aggressive body kit to spruce it up.
Once You Realize What the 2019 Ford Focus ST Wagon Offers, You’ll Be Sad That It Won’t Be Sold in the U.S.
Hot hatch lovers that need more practicality than what a hatchback can offer now have one more excellent car to choose - the brand new 2019 Ford Focus ST wagon, based on the fourth-generation Focus. The new Focus ST wagon retains the sporty driving edge of the ST hatch but injects extra practicality for those who need it. Some may even say it’s cooler than the ST hatch since hot wagons always seem to have a glowing halo around them that just makes people go crazy.
Now that Ford has decided to kill off its entire lineup of cars in the United States, aside from the Ford Mustang, of course, the Focus ST is destined to become to enthusiasts what the Honda Civic Type R once was – a car that fills our every desire but is somehow just out of reach. It’s more powerful brethren, the Focus RS, will also suffer the same fate, never landing on U.S. shores again, but for now, the new ST has been announced, and it already has fanboys up in arms. It’s not surprising really since the new ST comes complete with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost that’s good for 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque – 24 ponies and 40 pound-feet more than the last model we were lucky enough to see. And, it comes with a striking new look and the reminder that the next-gen Focus RS will be that much better too. We know you’re sad that you can’t get your hands on the new ST, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. At the very least, you can plaster it on your desktop and show it some love from afar.
2019 Ford Focus ST
The 2019 Ford Focus ST is the performance-oriented version of the fourth-generation Focus, a hatchback unveiled in 2018. Introduced in February 2019, the new Focus ST brings many changes to the table, including a bigger EcoBoost engine, more power than ever, and state-of-the-art technology. Unlike its predecessors, the new Focus ST won’t come to the U.S., as Ford decided to stop offering most of its passenger cars in North America. The previous-gen Focus ST was already more powerful than its main competitor, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the new hatchback takes things up a notch. Rated at 276 horsepower, it’s also more powerful than the Hyundai i30 N with the Performance Package, which places the Focus ST at the top of its segment. Alongside the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, Ford also unveiled a new EcoBlue mill for diesel enthusiasts that want an alternative to the Golf GTD. Let’s find out how the new Focus ST compares to its rivals in the review below.
Ford Has Launched the 2020 Focus ST and it Trumps the Outgoing Model in Every Respect
Ford Performance has finally unveiled the all-new Ford Focus ST. Although it does not feature a lot of exterior and interior changes, the hatch is pumped up on the inside. Under the hood sit’s as much as 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque just waiting to be unleashed. On paper, the 2020 Ford Focus ST seems very promising. Does it have enough to take on the Volkswagen Golf GTI/GTD?
The Next-Gen Focus ST Will Have the Same 2.0-liter Four-Banger but Ditch the Unique Six-Speed Manual for an Automatic
There was news of Ford downsizing the Focus ST to a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine in the next-generation Focus, and also news of it upgrading to the RS’ 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine; but according to Motoring, it looks like Ford has balanced it out and retained the same 2.0-liter engine. Pushing the envelope a bit further, it looks like Ford is ditching the ST’s unique manual transmission in favor of an automatic. Playing it safe there, Ford?
The Next-Gen Ford Focus ST Will Take on the Renault Megane RS with the 2.3-Liter EcoBoost; Could Deliver as Much as 320 Horsepower
The next-generation Ford Focus ST was recently spotted testing in the wild, and we’ve already discussed what it may bring to the table in our speculative review. Now, a new rumor suggests that the new ST might be the last non-hybrid hot-hatch from Ford and that it could get its juice from the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Mustang. Sounds pretty wild, but it makes sense given Ford’s plans for the next-generation Focus RS.
Here’s a Preview of What the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS Might Look Like
Ford just unveiled the fourth-generation Focus in London, and it’s pretty obvious that we have a new exciting hatchback underway. Sportier than ever before on the outside and equipped with better features on the inside, it’s powered by four drivetrains in Europe, including both gasoline and diesel options. And, just like the smaller Ka+ and Fiesta, it gained a crossover-inspired Active version. Having seen the new Focus, I can’t help but wonder how the ST and RS versions will look like. A couple of new renderings from X-Tomi Design provide the answer.
Hot Hatch Comparison – Hyundai Veloster N Vs. Ford Focus ST
The new Hyundai Veloster N just dropped at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, serving up U.S. audiences a thick slice of the South Korean brand’s performance know-how on a three-door hatchback plate. It’s a tempting piece of kit, no doubt about it, but the Blue Oval won’t take it lying down, offering up the tried-and-true Focus ST as a strong counterpoint. Which is superior? We take a quick look at the numbers and specs to figure it out.
Continue reading for the full comparison.
2017 Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing
Launched in 2012, the latest Focus ST was the company’s range-topping hatchback until the RS model arrived for the 2016 model year. Although the ST was revised for 2015, the drivetrain remained unchanged, as did performance. As a result, the Focus ST lost its place under the spotlight as soon as the Focus RS made its entrance. Fortunately, several tuning companies are still offering upgrades for the ST, which remains an important model in the lineup despite being some five years old as of 2017. Blood Type Racing is one of those companies, and it just unveiled a flashy package for the 2017 SEMA Show.
Described as a concept that combines "lifestyle elements of moving images with motorsports," Blood Type Racing’s Focus ST boasts several upgrades inside and out, as well as under the hood. And while the aero kit is heavily based on modern racing, the wheel design and the paint remind of flashy vehicles you usually see in the Fast & Furious franchise. What’s more, the hatchback sports a roof rack and a custom landing pad for drones. A rather awkward package for what sort of elements it combines, but more than suitable for an event like the SEMA Show.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing.
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.
The Focus ST is a real sports car with a six-speed manual and 154 mph top speed honed on German autobahns. It also has a fluid and capable handling balance, thanks to intensive tuning on the moonscape that is U.K. roads. As the Fiesta ST fails to generate meaningful excitement and buzz, can the 270 pound-feet of torque in the hottest Focus ST tempt a new generation of power-hungry drivers?
The delayed U.S. launch of many European performance models can be infuriating at times, especially for readers of international car magazines. One such case is the latest Ford Focus ST that’s been on sale in the U.K. since early 2012 and laps up praise from all who drive it.
Arriving in the United States as a late 2013 model year, it has been a long roll out that is just starting to see Focus ST’s appear in volume across U.S. showrooms. Better late than never.
The 2014 ST now has two cool go-faster mods for less than $500 extra: titanium-grey wheels with red calipers or twin matte black racing stripe graphics.
The car’s speedy performance and exterior design solidify the Focus ST as a contender versus the VW GTI, Subaru WRX and the outgoing MazdaSpeed 3.
Click past the jump for the full review of the Ford Focus ST with highlights on U.S.-market changes to the global specs and info on the cool new options.
When Shelby announced that they were bringing two models to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, a lot of us already penciled in that one of those models would be a custom-tuned Ford Mustang. The other one, however, was still subject to speculation with the front runner being some sort of derivative for Ford’s mighty sports hatch, the Focus ST.
True enough, those who thought it was the Focus ST were proven right when Shelby unveiled the Shelby Focus ST, a "budget-minded" performance vehicle for those who can’t afford the bigger and meaner Shelby Mustang.
Limited to only 500 units, the Shelby Focus ST is, as its name suggests, a souped-up Ford Focus ST that comes with a plethora of aesthetic and performance upgrades that’ll turn your already awesome sports hatch into one that has the stamp of approval from Shelby themselves.
Is the Shelby Focus ST all that it’s hyped up to be? Find out if it is - or isn’t - after the jump.
Ford has unveiled today the first details on the Focus ST model that will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show later this month. While the model to be revealed in Paris is just a preview version, production model is expected to be unveiled in 2012.
Under the hood of the future Focus ST, Ford will place an unique 250 HP version of the new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine. The car displayed in Paris will come with a highly distinctive sports exterior, which is finished in ’Tangerine Scream’, a dramatic new body color that reflects the new ST’s exciting and energetic character.
Next to the ST version, Ford will also be unveiling the new generation Focus that comes with more affordable technologies and features than customers have ever experienced in this critical vehicle segment. Next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, plus outstanding fuel economy, and will take the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.
Updated 09/29/2010: Ford has unveiled today new images and details on the new Focus ST. Check the picture gallery to see a total of 30 new images and hit the jump to read more about the new model.
UPDATE 03/24/11: A new video of the screamin’ hot 2012 Ford Focus ST has made its way to the Web. It doesn’t get mentioned enough, especially in this supercar-obsessed world we live in today, but the Focus ST really does epitomize the term ’hot hatch’. We love everything about this car, so much so that the video, despite being only 38 seconds long, has been on our loop for pretty much the whole day. Watch it and enjoy!
Press release after the jump.
Fast and practical, the Ford Focus ST offers a no-compromise package for the performance car driver. Ford TeamRS, the company’s racing and performance arm, has developed a car that is ideal for the performance motorist, while offering that welcome dash of refinement too.
Developed by Ford TeamRS - by enthusiasts for enthusiasts Turbocharged Duratec ST , 225 PS 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine Gutsy 320 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm right through to 4000 rpm (...)