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The new Focus succeeds where the last models have failed

The Ford Focus has finally entered its fourth generation, and it brings a lot of change in terms of design, comfort, and economy. It comes complete with a largely revamped interior and loads of new technology; not to mention a range of new engines that are more powerful and more efficient. As usual, the new Focus will call Europe (and China) home first, before coming to the United States for the 2019 model year.

 

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2022 Ford Focus ST Edition

2022 Ford Focus ST Edition

With a special chassis configuration, the Focus ST Edition is the most dynamic Focus ST ever
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Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Can the Volkswagen Golf GTI still manage in the increasingly crowded hot hatch market?

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is considered the forefather of the hot hatch segment. The first Golf GTI was introduced in June 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Nowadays, the Golf GTI is in its eighth generation and is still one of the best all-around performers in the segment. It’s also sold both in Europe and North America, which is not something that can be said for all the cars on the list. With that being said, the modern hot hatch scene is as dynamic as ever and many new contenders for the best hot hatch title. Here are some of the best alternatives that aim to de-throne the GTI.

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Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity, lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.

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According to an Italian Speed Camera, The Ford Focus Is The Fastest Road Car On the Planet

According to an Italian Speed Camera, The Ford Focus Is The Fastest Road Car On the Planet

Imagine driving 703kmh in a Ford Focus of all things…..

Imagine cruising down the highway at 703 kmh (about 437 mph) in a Ford Focus. You and I both know that this is downright impossible, and even if it was, the Ford Focus is the last car on Earth that you’d want to do it in. Well, despite the logical conclusion that this didn’t happen, an Italian speed camera – in the most epic of epic glitches – flagged an Italian driver at exactly that 703 kmh in a 70 kmh zone. One would think that glitches happen on occasion and someone would have noticed, but that isn’t the case. A few days later, the driver was issued an €863.60 ($974) speeding fine and 10 points, the latter of which is halfway to suspension if your license is clean.

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Ford Actually Believes That the Focus ST Is Better Than the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Ford Actually Believes That the Focus ST Is Better Than the Volkswagen Golf GTI

But will it become more popular than the best-selling 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.

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Ford Just Cancelled the Fourth-Gen 2022 Focus RS

Ford Just Cancelled the Fourth-Gen 2022 Focus RS

Expect prices to spike quickly for the third-gen Ford Focus RS

There’s no easy way to put it so here we go: Ford won’t build a fourth-generation Focus RS because it cannot develop a high-performance hybrid powertrain for the sports car, one that would help the carmaker keep its vehicle fleet within the EU’s CO2 emission standards requirements.

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The Ford Focus RS As We Know It Is Dead

The Ford Focus RS As We Know It Is Dead

There’s even a possibility that the RS project could be discontinued altogether

The last-gen Ford Focus RS was a fantastic car in every way, essentially setting a new standard for the term “hot hatch.” The next-generation Focus RS should have raised the bar even higher with its expected mild-hybrid drivetrain, 400 horsepower, and blistering quick acceleration. All of that has changed now, though, and the new European fleet emissions standards have, at the very least, delayed the next-generation Focus RS and could possibly lead to its cancellation altogether.

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The New Ford Focus RS Is At The Mercy Of EU's Emission Laws

The New Ford Focus RS Is At The Mercy Of EU’s Emission Laws

Most likely, Ford’s hot hatch will use a hybrid powertrain

When Ford introduced the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the hot hatch community was taken by storm. It packed more power than the Subaru WRX STI, Honda Civic Type R, and VW Golf R, along with all-wheel-drive, a manual gearbox, and 350 PS (345 horsepower) and 350 pound-feet of torque to go by.

The new Ford Focus has been out for almost two years now and everybody’s wondering when is Ford dropping the RS-badged derivative. Well, it looks like the Blue Oval still has some work to do as it needs to come up with an emission-compliant powertrain for its compact hot hatch, forced by harsher EU regulations.

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The 2021 Focus RS Will Push Into Mild-Hybrid Territory and Move Beyond Hot Hatch Classification

The 2021 Focus RS Will Push Into Mild-Hybrid Territory and Move Beyond Hot Hatch Classification

And, we won’t see it in the U.S., so it’s probably time to move to Europe.

I know you’re already bummed that the Ford Focus Hatch isn’t long for the U.S. market, and, I’m sorry to tell you, depression is about to set in even worse. We now have word from Car Magazine that the next-gen Focus RS is arriving soon and, even better yet, it’s being pushed into 400-horsepower, mild-hybrid territory. Will the new Focus RS feature a drift mode? Well, it’ll be better than that! This baby will ride like a hardcore hatch and accelerate like a true-to-life sportscar. Does it get any better than this?

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The 2020 Ford Focus ST Might Be Fast, but It's Boring to Look At

The 2020 Ford Focus ST Might Be Fast, but It’s Boring to Look At

The new Ford Focus ST looks like it should be called the Focus ST Line

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.

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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.

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.

The Ford Focus ST wagon adds extra practicality to the Focus ST formula

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.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Focus ST

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Focus ST

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.

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2019 Ford Focus ST

2019 Ford Focus ST

Segment-leading power and aggressive looks

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.

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Ford Has Launched the 2020 Focus ST and it Trumps the Outgoing Model in Every Respect

Ford Has Launched the 2020 Focus ST and it Trumps the Outgoing Model in Every Respect

The hot hatch looks to be more than ready to take on its rivals from the Volkswagen stable

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?

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Ford Adds the Rugged Focus Active to its European Lineup

Ford Adds the Rugged Focus Active to its European Lineup

For the moment, the Ford Focus Active won’t be sold in the United States

Persuaded by the high interest in SUVs and crossovers in Europe, Ford decided to rough up the 2019 Ford Focus a bit and give it an Active badge. The Focus is the third model in Ford’s lineup to be offered in Active trim after the likes of Fiesta and KA+. The Focus Active can be had in both hatchback or wagon body styles, and Ford says its engineers tweaked the springs, dampers, and stabilizer bars, while also lifting the ride by 30 mm up front and 34 mm at the rear.

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Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Small cars are still quite popular and the market is brimming with options even in 2018

Picking the best small car of the myriad of options available isn’t an easy thing to do. If you’ve made up your mind and you don’t want a compact SUV or crossover and, instead, go for a compact sedan or hatchback, there are the obvious choices like a Volkswagen Golf, a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla. But the market is much wider than that. and compact cars still represent great value for money, even in 2019, in a market flooded by SUVs and all kinds of niche crossovers. Compact models are a great choice as a first new car and, luckily, there’s still a great variety of cars to choose from. Here are our top 10 choices.

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Watch the 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line Make a Top Speed Run on the Autobahn

Watch the 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line Make a Top Speed Run on the Autobahn

Five doors at 140 mph

Most of the autobahn top speed runs we’ve seen over the years usually involve a high-powered German sedan with its governor disabled. This time, we’ve got something a little different. Ever wonder what it’s like to push the new Ford Focus ST-Line to its limits? Now’s your chance to find out, with this point-of-view take from AutoTopNL.

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2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon

2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon

A Rugged hatch without all-wheel drive

Ford offers an array of

Focus

derived variants of its latest generation compact hatch that include the base model, a sporty looking ST Line, a posh Vignale and a high-riding Active. All are available as practical wagons, and the Active is no exception, arguably making more sense to buy as a wagon than the standard hatch.

The Focus Active tourer (and the regular hatch too) sit 30 millimeters higher on its suspension compared to the standard model and features plastic body cladding for a more rugged overall appearance. Front and rear bumpers are different too, as is the grille which gets its own unique design.

This is Ford’s response to similar models from other automakers, like the Skoda Octavia Scout or VW Golf Alltrack, although unlike these models, Ford doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

Everything you need without breaking the bank

Finding the right car for you isn’t exactly easy. From horsepower to mpg, interior room to standard equipment, there’s a lot to take in and consider. Of course, doing your homework is critical to finding that perfect ride, and luckily, if you’re looking for something under the $20K-mark, we’ve got you covered right here.

Continue reading for the full list.

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Someone Has Already Rendered the Ford Focus Pickup

Someone Has Already Rendered the Ford Focus Pickup

It actually looks pretty darn good

The Ford Focus could be used as the basis for a compact, unibody pickup that the Blue Oval is looking to offer in the U.S. in the future. The rumored model was first mentioned by Automobile Magazine as a possible addition to Ford’s shifting product lineup in the country. As the company’s car lineup is about the go — the Focus and the Mustang are the only ones being spread — the rush to beef up its crossover, SUV, and pickup offerings begin. One of the reported models is the Focus-based compact, unibody pickup, and as is often the case with ground-breaking model developments like this one, it didn’t take long for renderings of the rumored pickup to surface.

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8 Cars With Amazing Front Wheel Drive Systems That Prove You Don't Always Need AWD

8 Cars With Amazing Front Wheel Drive Systems That Prove You Don’t Always Need AWD

Have you ever seen a front wheel drive car making a one wheel burnout? You have? Great! That’s the problem many manufacturers have been trying to circumnavigate or completely resolve on FWD cars. Not so much to deter you from making one wheel burnouts, but to make the car corner better and safer with putting down the power to the wheel that actually has some grip. The reason a FWD car (or any car for that matter) tends to send power to the wheel with least grip is the so-called open differential - a system designed to send power to the wheel with 50 percent of power reaching one wheel and 50 percent the other. However, as opposite wheels on cars must spin at different rates (like when cornering), the open differential cannot be locked, thus allowing for some extreme tendencies to send the power through the path of least resistance. Simply said - to the wheels with the least grip. Using this system saves a ton in R&D, the simple design of open differential makes it cheap to produce, and it doesn’t put too much strain on the various drivetrain elements. However, some tend to make fun of open diffs. “They are just like a one-wheel drive.” Is there any truth to this? After all, the power always goes to the wheel with the least resistance.

While an open diff works great in normal conditions (on a surface and in conditions that provide similar grip to both wheels,) more extreme circumstances (cornering fast, driving on slippery surfaces and the like) do limit its effectiveness fast. That is why manufacturers found a number of ways to circumnavigate these problems with mechanical means. Those cars using systems to defeat the limitations of open diffs are usually in the upper echelons of the car world, and I am presenting you nine of them.

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The Next-Gen Focus ST Will Have the Same 2.0-liter Four-Banger but Ditch the Unique Six-Speed Manual for an Automatic

The Next-Gen Focus ST Will Have the Same 2.0-liter Four-Banger but Ditch the Unique Six-Speed Manual for an Automatic

No Focus RS engine and no third pedal....sigh

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?

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The Ford Focus Active is Suffering From an Identity Crisis

The Ford Focus Active is Suffering From an Identity Crisis

Regardless if you think it’s a hatchback or a crossover, it should still sell well enough to earn its place in the U.S.

More than a few hearts were broken when Ford announced plans to dramatically scale back its non-crossover and non-SUV lineups in the U.S. One of the casualties of that downsizing is the Ford Focus. Unfortunately, all but one version of the Focus are expected to be eliminated from the company’s U.S. lineup. That means that there’s a good chance that we can say goodbye to hatchback and sedan versions of the Focus. It’s not likely, but the ST could also get the heave-ho as could the range-topping RS, which only arrived in the country in 2015. We barely knew it. The good news is that there is one version of the Focus that will, without a dout, remain in the U.S. It’s called the Focus Active, and it’s essentially a raised five-door hatchback with some semblance of a crossover.

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2019 Ford Focus RS

2019 Ford Focus RS

Hybrid system and close to 400 horsepower?

First introduced in 2002, the Ford Focus RS was produced in very limited quantities during the first- and second-generation models. The third-gen car was launched in 2015 after many years of rumors with a Mustang engine under the hood and an all-wheel-drive system. Discontinued in 2018 just as Ford unveiled the fourth-generation Focus, the RS nameplate is likely to return sooner than before and with even more aggressive performance ratings. Although a production model has yet to be confirmed, Ford was already spotted testing a higher performance variant of the Focus in Europe. Whether it’s the ST or the RS remains unclear for now, but both nameplates are likely to return in dealerships soon.

But the big mystery here is not when the Focus RS will return, but what engine it will use. According to recent rumors, the next-generation Focus RS could become a hybrid. This would be a first for the nameplate and a big blow for the Volkswagen Golf R. There isn’t much info as to what it will have under the hood, but more details should become available as the Focus RS goes out testing. Stay tuned for updates and check out the speculative review below to find out what we already know about the hot hatchback.

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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-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 Blue Oval could go wild with this one!

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.

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Ford to Bring the New 1.5-liter Three-Banger to the U.S. Market; Will it Wind Up In the Next-Gen Ford Focus?

Ford to Bring the New 1.5-liter Three-Banger to the U.S. Market; Will it Wind Up In the Next-Gen Ford Focus?

It’s the first Ford engine capable of running on two cylinders since 1906!

Unveiled earlier this month, the new-generation Ford Focus introduced a brand-new platform from the company, as well as a number of new or updated engines. Set to arrive in the United States sometime next year, the Focus could also bring Ford’s brand-new, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost unit to North America.

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The Ford Focus ST and Focus RS are Coming and One of Them Was Just Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

The Ford Focus ST and Focus RS are Coming and One of Them Was Just Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

Ford is already testing a beefed-up hatchback on the ’Ring

It’s been only a week since the fourth-generation Ford Focus was unveiled, and the company is already testing a new version of the hatchback. Our paparazzi just spotted a camouflaged Focus on the Nurburgring track, and despite the thick wrap, it’s pretty obvious that Ford isn’t testing the standard model. But what is it?

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Focus

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Focus

These wallpapers might hold you over until the new Focus goes on sale

The new Focus is here, and its DNA has evolved in a way that pleases the car gods. It has a more aggressive look outside and a more refined interior with lots of new technology. It’s now a car for the modern ages and is now fully equipped to compete with the Honda Civic and Chevy Cruze, among others. The problem is that it will go on sale in Europe later this year (with more than 180 horsepower in range-topping form) but won’t come to the U.S. until sometime in 2019. It might not be a supercar, but the Focus does have its own following. If you’re one of the many Focus fans out there, we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper of the new model and dropped a gallery for you to browse too – go ahead and take a few to keep your desktop fresh and the itch subdued until it goes on sale.

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Visual Comparison: 2018 Ford Focus vs 2019 Ford Focus

Visual Comparison: 2018 Ford Focus vs 2019 Ford Focus

Taking a closer look at the changes

After seven years on the market, the third-generation Focus was finally retired in 2018 and replaced with a new model redesigned on a clean sheet. Highly popular in the U.S. and Europe, the third-gen Focus leaves a big legacy behind. The outgoing hatchback was a high seller, it spawned the best ST model yet, and marked the return of the RS nameplate. Whether the new Focus will be able to fill the big shoes or not is hard to predict at this point, but we can compare the two cars inside and out to see what changed and which is ultimately more appealing. Let’s have a closer look below.

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2019 Ford Focus

2019 Ford Focus

The new Focus succeeds where the last models have failed

The Ford Focus has finally entered its fourth generation, and it brings a lot of change in terms of design, comfort, and economy. It comes complete with a largely revamped interior and loads of new technology; not to mention a range of new engines that are more powerful and more efficient. As usual, the new Focus will call Europe (and China) home first, before coming to the United States for the 2019 model year.

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Here's a Preview of What the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS Might Look Like

Here’s a Preview of What the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS Might Look Like

The future looks bright!

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.

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The New Ford Focus is Here, and It's Itching for a Shot at the Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic

The New Ford Focus is Here, and It’s Itching for a Shot at the Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic

A clean sheet design means Ford probably did something right…

After seven years on the market, it’s time for the third-gen Focus to be put to rest as an all-new generation comes to life with major improvements in tow. Ford designed the fourth-gen Focus from the ground up, giving it some design cues from the now-defunct third-gen Focus RS to go with some seriously upgraded tech, new safety features, and a range of new engines that are not only more powerful but more efficient as well. Europe and China will see the fourth-gen Focus hit dealers by the turn of the year, but the U.S. won’t see the new model until sometime in 2019.

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One Minute News: Ford Teases the Focus Yet Again; Debut Imminent

One Minute News: Ford Teases the Focus Yet Again; Debut Imminent

With all this hype it better look amazing… just sayin.

The next-gen Ford Focus is set to debut, and Ford just can’t quit putting out the teasers in anticipation. It’s set to take on the Volkswagen Golf, Chevy Cruze, and Honda Civic, so it needs to be a looker. Work has it that it will be and you can even expect the Focus ST and Vignale to be released sometime this year as well. Word about the drivetrain is still nonexistent, but the Focus should grow a bit to offer more room inside and the Focus RS, which could come to be long before the end of the fourth-gen’s lifecycle, could even make use of Ford’s new Hybrid technology that could push the hatchback beyond the 400 horsepower mark. All eyes are on Ford today, folks. Stay tuned for the latest!

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Ford Teases the Next-Gen Focus Just Days Before its Debut

Ford Teases the Next-Gen Focus Just Days Before its Debut

We’re counting down the days until the fourth-gen model arrives

The unveiling of the next-generation Ford Focus is upon us. We’ve already seen the model numerous times through spy shots of test mules and photo shoots. Now, it’s Ford that’s doing the teasing courtesy of a new video that reveals a good number of details about the fourth-generation model. The all-new Ford Focus will make its highly anticipated debut next Wednesday, April 10. Circle those calendars, folks. The new Focus is arriving.

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2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation

2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation

Special edition hot hatch is a fitting goodbye

The current-generation Ford Focus RS has enjoyed an eventful life since it was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. But like all good things, the Focus RS’s time in the sun is about to end. Weep not, though, dear friends, because Ford is giving the hot hatch the proper swan song with the release of the Focus RS Heritage Edition. Limited to just 50 units, the Focus RS Heritage doesn’t dabble in the subtleties. It’s got enough goodies and equipment to make even hardened hot hatch fans tremble in excitement. And, if that little tease isn’t enough to persuade you, maybe the hatch’s bright orange exterior will do the trick.

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Scoop: Fourth-gen, 2019 Ford Focus Spotted Without Camo!!

Scoop: Fourth-gen, 2019 Ford Focus Spotted Without Camo!!

They were apparently chased after taking the shot...

Nope, this isn’t an iCloud leak, but definitely equally scandalous (to us enthusiasts, at least!) The all-new fourth generation Ford Focus has been caught sans any clothes! Ford had earlier announced it would unveil the car in April, rather than bringing it to the Geneva Motor Show in February; but we’ve already gotten a peak!

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Hot Hatch Comparison – Hyundai Veloster N Vs. Ford Focus ST

Hot Hatch Comparison – Hyundai Veloster N Vs. Ford Focus ST

Pitting the South Korean upstart against an American veteran

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.

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Focus RS Coolant Problem Finally Solved: Ford Used the Wrong Head Gasket

Focus RS Coolant Problem Finally Solved: Ford Used the Wrong Head Gasket

Did someone label the box wrong or did someone not pay attention?

At this point, just about everyone knows about the big coolant-burning problem with the Ford Focus RS. As it turns out, it’s not a problem with the engine at all, but really a problem with the head gasket used to seal the mating surface between the cylinder head and the engine block. One Focus RS owner had been digging into the problem for quite some time, reporting this problem to a very long thread on FocusRS.org forums. Upon getting his engine apart found that his head gasket was, indeed, blown. But, it’s not the fault of the gasket itself, as the gasket wasn’t designed for the Focus RS – it was designed for the Eco Boost Mustang, as evidenced by the part number cast into the metal portion of the gasket itself.

Keep reading to learn more about this breaking development

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Ford Admits 2.3-liter EcoBoost in early Focus RS Models Burn Coolant

Ford Admits 2.3-liter EcoBoost in early Focus RS Models Burn Coolant

And, they have an excuse but no fix yet....

The pin has finally dropped on the Ford Focus RS’ beleaguered 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine. After months of investigating, Ford has acknowledged that the Ecoboost engine powering the hot hatch has an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. Speaking with Autocar, the Blue Oval admitted that the problem causes some 2016 and 2017 models of the Focus RS to produce “white exhaust smoke,” a by-product of burning coolant during cold running.

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Feel Your Soul Ache as this Ford Focus RS Gets Crushed

Feel Your Soul Ache as this Ford Focus RS Gets Crushed

Look away if your stomachs are weak

If you have a weak stomach for cars getting destroyed, you might want to turn your heads away now. If you’re still here, then this is the kind of video that’s going to make you cringe. The subject of the video is a Ford Focus RS. It’s clearly seen better days, but it still looks in good enough shape to be salvaged. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds for the narrative to flip on this unsuspecting Focus RS as a junkyard crane uses its claws to crush it, pick it up, and drop it in a garbage container.

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2017 Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing

2017 Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing

Race-inspired hatchback with drone landing pad!

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.

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You Think You Can Beat A Real-Life Ford Focus RS On Forza Motorsport 6?

You Think You Can Beat A Real-Life Ford Focus RS On Forza Motorsport 6?

Fame and glory await if you can post a faster lap time than an actual Focus RS

At some point in our video game racing careers, most of us have probably wondered if our driving skills are up-to-par with actual race car drivers. I know I’ve had that thought in my years playing Gran Turismo. Well, for those who are determined to see that thought through, Ford is laying down a challenge to see if gamers really are as good as they say are. All they have to do is beat a lap time posted by a brand-new Ford Focus RS by driving their own Focus RS… in the world of Forza Motorsport 6.

The challenge is called “Tame the Track” and the objective of it is pretty straightforward. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Harry Tincknell will post an undisclosed lap time at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Contestants who show up at the Gamescom event in Belgium later this month will then have an opportunity to beat Tincknell’s lap time using a Focus RS in Forza Motorsport 6 and driving it in the virtual representation of the world-famous race track. Whoever ends up posting the fastest lap times will then be flown to the actual Spa-Francorchamps track where they’ll meet up with no less than Tincknell himself for an afternoon of fun times that include driving a real Focus RS around the race track. In addition to that, winners will also receive some sweet digs for their accomplishments, including a pair of Recaro seats and goodies courtesy of B&O Play. The “Tame the Track” challenge will be open from August 23 to August 25 at Gamescom. Those three days should be more than enough time for gamers to see if they’re as good as they say they are.

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2017 Ford Focus RS by Mountune

2017 Ford Focus RS by Mountune

Noted Ford tuner gives the mighty hot hatch more power

Mountune may not have the most famous name in the aftermarket tuning circle, but don’t let its relative anonymity distract you from what the tuner is fully capable of. We already saw what happens when it gets its hands on the Ford Focus RS. It did so last year with Ford Performance and managed to squeeze out 375 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Now it’s back with a bigger and better upgrade for the hot hatch as calls for a 400-horsepower Ford Focus RS have finally been answered.

The scope of Mountune’s new modifications for the Focus RS covers a lot of ground as far as mechanical upgrades are concerned. There’s very little in the way of aesthetic enhancements, so customers are advised to find them elsewhere, be it from Ford or another aftermarket company. Nevertheless, the program’s lack of versatility shouldn’t be held against it, not with the promise of incredible power and performance. Take this kit from Mountune however you want to, but rest assured, this is as "no-nonsense" as any tuning program we’ve come across for the Ford Focus RS. It was developed for one purpose – power for ages – and the resulting numbers certainly speak for themselves.

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2016 Ford Focus RS – Driven

2016 Ford Focus RS – Driven

The hottest hot hatch is hella fun!

The Ford Focus RS is finally blitzing across American soil after exclusively blasting around European hedgerows and rally circuits. Launched for the 2016 model year, the Focus RS uses some high-tech mechanics, EcoBoost power, and ultra sticky rubber to out-class its competition: the Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R. Ford thought I should try the car myself, so a Focus RS coated in Stealth Gray arrived in my driveway. The tester came packed with nearly every option, including the 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Yeah, it was a fun week.

The RS, or Rally Sport, nomenclature started back in 1970 with the Ford Escort RS1600. It was among the first road-going cars to employ a four-valve cylinder head design. Decades later, Ford launched the 2002 Focus RS. This three-door hatch paid homage to Rally Sport-badged Fords before it, while igniting the hot-hatch segment. Sadly, production was kept to only 4,501 examples. Ford got wise by the decade’s end and launched the second-generation Focus RS for 2009. Still, production was kept to small quantities. That has changed with the third-generation Focus RS. Ford plans to produce the 350-horsepower beast through the 2018 model year, capstoned with a 1,500-unit Focus RS Limited Edition model And as mentioned, the Focus RS is selling in both Europe and North America.

So what’s it like to live with the 2016 Ford Focus RS? Keep reading to find out.

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Europe Is Also Getting The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition, Or At Least Something Like It

Europe Is Also Getting The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition, Or At Least Something Like It

Option Pack lets European owners of the Focus RS get their hands on the Quaife LSD

Yesterday’s news that Ford was introducing a limited edition Ford Focus RS in North America sent the hot hatch community into a frenzy. Understandably so, too, when you consider how the Focus RS was kept out of our hands for so long. But now that the Blue Oval’s bringing the hot hatch stateside, it’s making up for lost time with the Focus RS Limited Edition. That said, not everyone’s happy about the limited edition Ford, most notably customers in Europe who aren’t getting any of the 1,500 examples of the Focus RS Limited Edition. Rest easy, though, because Ford isn’t ignoring enthusiasts across the pond. The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition may not be going to Europe, but a new Option Pack is, and it’s pretty much the same thing.

So while it’s not technically a limited edition version of the Focus RS, owners of the hot-hatch in Europe can avail of the Option Pack and get most of the same upgrades given to the North America-bound Focus RS Limited Edition. The most important of these upgrades is the Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential, which really is the crowning feature of the special edition Focus RS in the U.S. and Canada. Cosmetic upgrades are also featured in the new pack, although there is one notable item missing from the Option Pack that’s available in North America as an option itself. Either way, I don’t expect our European friends to be too bummed about missing out on the Focus RS Limited Edition. They’re getting their cake too, albeit in a slightly different packaging.

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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition

2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition

Only 1,500 models will be made and they’re all for North America

The current-generation Ford Focus has given plenty of thrills in spills in the five years that it’s been in production. But now that the existing Blue Oval hatchback is ready to call it a day in 2018, Ford is commemorating the generation switch by bidding adieu to the performance-oriented Focus RS the only way it knows how: a special edition, swan-song model that’s limited to just 1,500 units in North America.

Officially called the Ford Focus RS Limited Edition (couldn’t think of a better name there, Ford?), the exclusive hot hatch comes with plenty of significant improvements over the standard RS counterpart, none more important than a properly functioning technical Quaife limited-slip differential. Yes, Focus RS lovers, our dreams have somewhat come true, albeit in very limited quantities. That issue notwithstanding, the addition of the limited-slip diff is significant for people, myself included, who have cried out to Ford to give the Focus RS the requisite component that makes cornering at high speeds even more of a delight. As awesome as the current generation Focus RS has been, the calls for more front-end grip have never dissipated. Now Ford’s delivering on the request and it’s on us now to reciprocate the gesture in kind. So, to whoever ends up with any of the 1,500 units of the Focus RS Limited Edition, do us a favor and drive the wheels off of it. We’ve all waited long enough.

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The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It

The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It

Choose between firm and abusive suspension settings

The long awaited and heavily vaunted Ford Focus RS is now sold in the U.S. There’s also a Stealth Gray Focus RS sitting in my driveway for the week. Yeah, it’s hard resisting the temptation of all-day drives and sideways drifting action as I stare at its aggressive styling through my office window. Not surprisingly, the car is incredibly fun to drive. The torque-rich engine and six-speed manual provide more than enough excitement, even when picking up groceries. But there’s one driving attribute I see as a double-edged sward – the insanely still suspension.

Smooth highways, broken pavement, washboarded asphalt near intersection – there’s no escaping the messages sent rattling through the Focus RS’s cabin down and into my bones. The Focus RS rides like Ford forgot to install springs and shocks. Every imperfection in road translated to the people inside. In reality, Ford paid great attention to the Focus RS’ suspension and the surrounding structure.

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Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS

Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS

How can Honda justify the Type R’s asking price against Ford’s Focus RS bombshell?

For older stateside hot hatch fans out there, it’s probably crystal clear that we’re currently in a new golden age of performance, one that was once relegated to the realm of fantasy and bench racing. High-powered, tear-drop-shaped compacts with an odd number of doors, turbocharged power, and sports car-like handling are finally, finally finding their way to the U.S. market, and after decades of waiting and ogling from afar, U.S. buyers will soon have a chance to get behind the wheel of four-wheeled superstars previously considered forbidden fruit solely for Europe and Japan. Two of the biggest contenders in this space are the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS, both incredible cars aimed squarely at the enthusiast buyer. But which is better?

You can’t help but put these two compact titans in a side-by-side comparison. Both are roughly the same in terms of cost, both come with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, both get manual transmissions, and both offer five-door practicality. Both also carry a long history of making speed lovers smile, and command a veritable army of zealous followers to champion their claim to hot hatch supremacy.

But there are some serious differences as well. While the Focus is an AWD hammer, boasting four corners of grip and some impressive firepower under the hood, the Civic is a FWD scalpel, packing less weight and a history of apex-hunting prowess.

Which will come out on top – the Blue Oval Drift Mode bomber, or the H Badge slice and dice katana? It’s America versus Japan in a hot hatch shakedown. Read on for our take.

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Compact Hatchback Battle Royal – Finding The Best In A Six-Model Slugfest

Compact Hatchback Battle Royal – Finding The Best In A Six-Model Slugfest

Each has five doors, FWD, sells for around $20K, and is fun to drive – but which will be crowned the winner?

Here’s the scenario – you want a car, but it has to be the right car. It’s gotta be practical and comfortable, but it can’t be a complete snooze-fest behind the wheel either. You don’t want a crossover, and a sedan isn’t gonna cut it. What you want is a hatchback, something with a little zest and personality, but something that won’t break the bank. Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there, but which to choose? To help you decide, we’ve gathered six of the top contenders and put them head-to-head in the following comparison article. Let’s get ready to rumble.

To keep it all apples-to-apples, each of the entries in our comparison comes packaged in a five-door body style, gets standard FWD, and is instilled with at least a hint of sportiness. Each is also tagged with an MSRP around the $20,000 mark. With criteria like that, we decided to include the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda 3 Hatchback, Mini Cooper Hardtop Four-Door, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

While all six of these hatchbacks are solid choices in their own right, the question remains – which is the best? Read on for our take.

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2016 Ford Focus ST by Blood & Grease

2016 Ford Focus ST by Blood & Grease

Looking for old school inspiration in a modern package

The Specialty Equipment Market Association, better known as the acronym SEMA, was founded in 1963 by a laundry list of big names in the world of custom autos, including Dean Moon and Vic Edelbrock, Jr. These days, the scene looks a little different, with laptops replacing carburetor tuning, and drifters joining the drag racers. The Blue Oval hatchback you see before you attempts to blend a little bit of the old with the new, pairing “traditional hot rodding and modern tuning to reflect the ultimate in vehicle personalization.” Half a century ago, the founding fathers of SEMA would probably never have imagined what the scene has evolved into today, but the soul of it all remains the same – go fast, look good, express yourself on four wheels.

Taking responsibility for this build is Blood & Grease, a clothing and design company with a penchant for the hot rodding lifestyle. Working alongside the custom shop Vaccar Automotive Artistry, the B&G Ford started life as a 2016 Focus ST model. It’s an interesting starting point, considering the recent release of the Ford Focus RS, but the B&G ST follows through, adding a custom overhaul to the exterior and interior, while simultaneously tuning the go-fast bits to make more speed.

According to the builder, the end result is a “street-ready racer,” but how does it stack up against all the other SEMA-bound autos? Read on to find out.

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2016 Ford Focus RS by Roush Performance

2016 Ford Focus RS by Roush Performance

Noted Ford tuner rolls out another incredible tuning program for Ford’s resident hot hatch

I’ve ways felt like in addition to being an all-around awesome car, the Ford Focus RS also has the potential to be an aftermarket darling. It’s the kind of car that seamlessly blends a modern aggressive look with performance numbers to match. In other words, it’s ripe for the tuning world considering the wealth of modifications that it’s open to. So yes, I’m not surprised that Ford is rolling out a bunch of modified Focus RS models at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show. Even better, one of them comes by way of Roush Performance, considered as one of the best Ford tuners in the business.

See, Roush knows its way around Ford models like a Liberty Island tour guide knows his way around the Statue of Liberty. There’s an expertise that comes with building programs for Ford models that can only be achieved through years of building it, which is exactly what Roush Performance has been doing all this time. The results have been different, but just like what the tuner is presenting at SEMA, they all border on the ridiculous.

This particular program has it all. It has aerodynamic upgrades, engine modifications, enhanced suspension, a new set of wheels, and even a new shifter ball and performance pedals. Individually, these upgrades create a distinct separation from the standard Focus RS, but when you put them all together, the differences speak for themselves.

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2016 Ford Focus RS by H&R Special Springs/StanceWorks

2016 Ford Focus RS by H&R Special Springs/StanceWorks

A well-rounded concept to stand out in a crowd of many

SEMA is one of our favorite times of the year. It gives us a chance to go into enthusiast mode and really get into all of the concepts that flood the show each year. This year is shaping up pretty well with so many variations for the Focus ST and Focus RS that we can barely keep track of them all. Fortunately, they are all completely unique, and all have their own story to tell. Take this Ford Focus RS put together by H&R Special Springs and StanceWorks. As the name of the builders imply, the main focus of the concept based on aesthetic and ride quality improvement. There’s a pretty sweet body kit and livery, an awesome suspension system, and a couple of minor mods to the interior and powertrain too.

With the Focus RS making such a huge splash in the hatchback market, it should come as no surprise that the Focus RS has been a focal point of a lot of tuners this year. With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on tap, all wrapped up in a sporty and aggressive package – not to mention that drift mode – the Focus RS has become a favorite of many. It even inspired Mercedes to add a “drift mode” to the AWD Mercedes-AMG E63. Funny comments and videos of drift mode fails aside; that’s pretty cool when you really think about it.

With that said, let’s take a good look at what H&R and StanceWorks did to their Focus RS and what we can expect to see at the car’s official debut at SEMA.

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2016 Ford Focus ST by Cinemotive Media

2016 Ford Focus ST by Cinemotive Media

This decade has been a good one for car enthusiasts, and the hot hatch market seems to be thriving with models like the new Honda Civic Hatch, Honda Civic Si, Lexus CT, Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza hatch all fighting for attention from hatchback enthusiasts across the globe. In the past couple of years Ford has also made huge strides in the hatch market with the crazy Ford Focus RS, and it’s slightly tamer brethren the Focus ST. The Focus RS has a 350-horsepower monster of a four-banger that is borrowed from the EcoBoost Mustang, but the Focus ST makes use of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. In stock form, the Focus ST produces a fair 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. While a lot of tuners are jumping on the Focus RS tuning wagon, other brands like Cinemotive Media have decided to take the tamed Focus ST and inject a little bit of wild into its DNA.

How wild does it get? Well, this specific model has been given a good handful of modifications with parts from Mountune that are guaranteed to help the Focus ST produce more power, followed by some suspension work, a new set of wheels, a performance brake system, a fresh livery with some mild exterior modifications, and just a touch of interior finessing to make this little hatch stand out in a crowd of many.

With that said, it looks like this Focus ST is all about going as opposed to showing, so let’s dive on into the all the greasy details before we’re stuck looking at a set of taillights as it drives off into the sunset.

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