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New Ford Focus ST greets other markets with gas-powered 276 hp and 310 lb-ft
EcoBoost gets to 60 mph a half-second faster than previous Focus ST

Ford Performance debuted the new Focus ST with nary a teaser image before the car's Geneva Motor Show appearance. The move to Ford's C2 architecture bundles a brace of changes, starting with a larger gas motor. Gone is the previous 2.0-liter four-cylinder, replaced by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost putting out 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That's 24 hp and 30 lb-fit more than the Mk3 Focus ST. The 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel churns out 187 hp and 295 lb-ft, the most powerful diesel ever in a Focus.

The gas engine features a twin-scroll turbo with anti-lag tech that keeps the throttle slightly open after the driver's come off the throttle, helping to maintain boost, on top of electronically-actuated waste-gates. A new air intake breathes easier, a new exhaust lowers back pressure.

Those EcoBoost power numbers put the middle-trim Focus in line with the Hyundai Veloster N and Renault Megane R.S., but behind the Euro-spec 316-hp Honda Civic Type R. Ford expects the gas-engined hot hatch will get to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds, presumably using launch control. That makes it at least a half-second quicker than the outgoing model.

A shorter-throw six-speed manual comes standard, and can be made to rev-match with the Performance Package available on the gas engine. A seven-speed adaptive automatic transmission is on the options sheet. It adapts to driving styles, and Ford says it has "the ability to differentiate between road and track use."

To make best use of the power, Ford installed an electronic limited-slip differential for the first time on the ST trim, but only for the EcoBoost. The wagon uses brake-based torque vectoring on the front wheels. A revised suspension on stiffer springs comes with Continuously Controlled Damping on the five-door hatch, while the wagon model gets unique damper geometry in the rear to deal with a loaded cargo bay. The Focus ST gets the fastest steering rack Ford has, taking just two turns to lock. Steering Torque Disturbance Reduction software for the electronic power steering works to separate torque from turning. Bigger brakes sit behind new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs, and both models wear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.

Three drive modes come standard, another first for the Focus ST. EcoBoost cars with the Performance Pack add a Track mode to Slippery/Wet, Normal, and Sport. Each mode adjusts tuning for the electric power steering, throttle, shifting, diff, damping, ESC, and electronic brake booster. A Sport button on the steering wheel puts that mode one click away.

There'll again be two body styles, a five-door hatch and a wagon, both lowered 10 millimeters compared to the standard Focus. Among the color palette will be Ford Performance Blue and, as a throwback to the Mk2 Focus ST, Orange Fury. About the only surprising change to the outside is the exhaust pipes; they've been moved to the corners to allow for towing. The interior gets the usual Recaro seats matched with contrasting stitching and ST badges.

The 2019 Focus ST goes on sale in Europe sometime this summer. We still don't expect it to come to the U.S.

I am in the market for a premium compact car with an Independent Rear suspension.
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I'm curious why they don't import just the ST for their performance oriented customers?
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Mixed feelings on this one, as it has a lot of nice upgrades over the out going model but it also has be lumbered with the 2.3 which unless it has had a major redesign would have put me off. However as Ford has decided not to bother with cars for those of us living in the USA I no longer have to worry about such things as I am unable to add it to a shortlist of potential replacements for my current Focus ST.


With having had the opportunity to test drive the Edge ST during my last service appointment Ford needs to go back to the drawing board if that is their idea of a performance SUV, maybe they will do a better job of making one out of the new Escape as a means to temp existing Focus ST / RS owners as there really is nothing in Fords current lineup.
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Cars are dead in USA. The only car that survive (at least for a while) is the Mustang.

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I'm curious why they don't import just the ST for their performance oriented customers?
Aside from Ford not wanting to import cars to the US anymore, a German Focus ST would probably be expensive.

Would anyone buy a FWD Focus ST if it started over $30,000?
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Aside from Ford not wanting to import cars to the US anymore, a German Focus ST would probably be expensive.

Would anyone buy a FWD Focus ST if it started over $30,000?

Of course not. Americans do not want to pay a lot of money for small cars, no matter how good they are. This is why the second generation of Focus in the USA was a revision of the first, and not the new European generation. All is part of relating money with size ... or luxury with money ...
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The more I see and hear about this car, the more angry I get at Ford for turning its back on car buyers.
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Cars are dead in USA. The only car that survive (at least for a while) is the Mustang.
FORD cars are dead in the USA; by execution (pun intended).
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FORD cars are dead in the USA; by execution (pun intended).
In 3 years, the industry spect sales of midsize sédans arround 500,000 units... less than the Camry sales by 2015.

So, cars are dead in USA.
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Aside from Ford not wanting to import cars to the US anymore, a German Focus ST would probably be expensive.

Would anyone buy a FWD Focus ST if it started over $30,000?

Depends is that with or without ADM? When I looked at the Focus RS when it came out local dealers had placed on average a $7000 dealer mark up on them (the joys of the west coast ) so it was quite amusing once the head gasket issue came to light all of a sudden said dealers got burned as nobody wanted one.


If I hadn't of found the mk3 Focus RS so disappointing I would have had no problems paying the 40k MSRP for one, but for 7k over sorry but no thanks, no doubt the same dealers will bemoan to Ford that nobody wanted to buy them and blame it on various other reasons.


I would have had no issue paying a bit extra for my existing Focus ST3 to have got one to the same standard as the European version instead of the bean counter special that was sold over here in the USA, but as I originally hail from the UK then unfortunately am I the exception rather then the rule and I doubt Ford will return to the days of the captive-import market to sell me the new one. I would not be surprised however to see the mk4 Focus ST/RS end up for sale in Mexico just like the Mk2 RS.
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