The Focus ST takes the appeal and excitement of the standard Focus to a superb new high. Evidence of its performance-focused design is evident across the exterior and recognisable inside the cabin too. Athletic details, premium materials and eager engines add up to a driving dynamic that is difficult to replicate.
The subtle folds in the bonnet, distinctive front grille and slim headlamps make it clear that the ST is a member of the admired Focus family. Separating it from the standard hatchback/estate is a black mesh grille with discreet ST badging plus a bespoke ST body kit. Painted brake callipers and a ST rear spoiler are motorsport features you would expect, as is the dual exhaust port positioned at the centre of the rear bumper.
The alloy wheels are unique too, while the estate gets black roof rails as standard.
A feeling of connectedness is experienced as soon as you settle into the Recaro sports seat. In front of you is a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, and at your feet are specially designed ST pedal grips. Monitoring your performance and the vehicle’s status is straightforward, thanks to an intuitively arranged instrument cluster and infotainment system. You can personalise this environment by choosing your preferred material and colour for the ST-branded seats. Charcoal and black with ‘Anthracite’ bolster is an understated combination and a contrast to the vivid charcoal/black with ‘Tangerine Scream’.
The technology that Ford has included inside the Focus ST enables you to make the most out of every trip. The opening ST-1 trim gains Ford SYNC 1 which combines Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity with Emergency Assistance and USB/auxiliary input. You can take command of the system without removing your focus from the road simply by using voice commands. Ford MyKey, which allows you to programme safe and responsible driving output from each key, is a no-cost addition. SYNC 2 with an eight-inch display leads the infotainment offering in ST-2 and ST-3 models.
The Focus ST has substance to back up its high-performance look, in the shape of 2.0-litre EcoBoost and Duratorq engines.
Maximum pulling power is produced by the 247bhp EcoBoost which surges from zero to 60mph in close to seven seconds. The 183bhp diesel gets there in a little over eight seconds, but offers superior combined fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg. The car’s ample power doesn’t make it a difficult machine to handle; ST-tuned suspension, a tweaked six-speed gearbox and driver assistance technologies manage the model’s muscle and channel it to the road in a controlled way.
The model’s driver assistance technology has been developed to heighten your enjoyment and at the same time keep you safe. For example, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) enables you to switch between modes of ‘Sport’ and ‘Off’ to alter the input of traction control and engine torque systems. Keep them both on for optimum on-road support or turn them off for a sportier feel. An energy-absorbing body shell and numerous airbags come into play if you are ever involved in an unlikely accident.
Inject more thrills into your journeys with the Focus ST from Chippenham Ford. When you book a test drive with an adviser you can also discuss the many options available and a custom finance plan to help fund your new purchase.