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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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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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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus RS.

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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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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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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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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.

Continue reading for our review of the 2016 Focus RS

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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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ford Focus RS Limited Edition.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus ST by Blood & Grease.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus RS by Roush Performance.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus ST by Cinemotive Media.

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