Ford Focus ST Version revealed – tweaks aplenty for Ford’s Golf GTI rival
The adjustments on the Focus ST Version are largely targeted on the chassis, beginning with a model new coilover suspension setup from Ok&W. The system is mechanically adjustable, however from the manufacturing unit comes with a 50 p.c improve in spring price in any respect 4 corners and a 10mm discount in journey peak. This may then be adjusted by homeowners, with an extra 20mm journey peak discount in a position to be dialled in, with 12 completely different settings for compression and 15 for rebound. The dampers are sleeved in twin-tube stainless-steel housings, and the springs themselves are powder coated in efficiency blue for a little bit of interior arch bling.
The brand new suspension is then made full use of by the fitment of lighter 19-inch flow-formed alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. The brand new wheels, which share the pleasingly motorsport-esque design of these on the Fiesta ST Version, cut back unsprung weight by ten p.c. This similar mixture of upgrades has already remodeled the smaller Fiesta ST from being entertaining, however considerably unsophisticated, into a much more succesful and due to this fact exploitable scorching hatchback, traits we sincerely hope translate within the bigger Focus bundle.
The ST’s powertrain is in any other case unchanged, inclusive of the identical 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ecoboost engine that produces 276bhp at 5500rpm, and a robust 310lb ft between 3000 and 4000rpm. The ST’s electronically managed mechanical restricted slip differential with torque vectoring can be as earlier than, though the discount in unsprung weight could have modified the calibration necessities of each differential and steering, which ought to yield some enhancements in suggestions.
Visually, the Focus ST Version once more borrows from the Fiesta ST Version with a mixture of distinctive Azure Blue paintwork with gloss black detailing on the roof, wheels and mirror covers. Inside, Ford’s glorious Recaro seats stay, however are actually highlighted with matching blue stitching, with up to date graphics and the fitment of Ford’s new digital instrument cluster.
The ST Version will solely be accessible in petrol-powered five-door hatchback type with a handbook transmission, and is priced within the UK from £35,785 – solely £2500 greater than a normal ST hatchback. However the true query resides in whether or not these adjustments will lastly unlock the potential that everyone knows the present Focus ST has hidden away someplace inside.