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.
The North American International Auto Show (aka the Detroit Auto Show) is slowly creeping up and we are learning more each day about what is going to be at the show. We pretty much already know what the much-anticipated C7 Corvette will look like, thanks to the leaky pipes over at GM and our crack rendering team, and now Shelby has announced that it will be in on the fun.
Shelby has announced that two new vehicles will show up at the NAIAS and the first one will be a wide-body version of the 2013 Super Snake. That’s a pretty cool announcement in itself, but Shelby is keeping the second one under pretty tight wraps for now. The only information that it released about the second model is simply a quote from the late Carroll Shelby: “I think you’re going to see the industry going completely to small engines with turbochargers. That’s the only way you can get the mileage that the government is going to be demanding.”
From that quote, we can make out that the heavily guarded model will be a smaller-displacement, high-performance vehicle that will gain extra power from a turbocharger. So, this leaves us with a pair of potential scenarios. The cooler of the two would be a Mustang bearing a high-output four-cylinder or an EcoBoost V-6, which could be a preview of what to expect from the future Mustang SVO. The less awesome scenario would be a heavily tuned Focus or Fiesta ST.
We’re crossing our fingers that this will be a four-cylinder-equipped `Stang with some serious ponies, but we really don’t see any writing on the wall about which scenario will come true.
We’ll keep an eye on this situation and let you know as soon as we get some more info.