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Better than Golf GTI and MazdaSpeed 3
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July 12, 2012


Ford's plan for the future includes having the best fuel economy in all vehicle classes it operates in. This also now transcends to its sporty cars. Earlier today the EPA officially announced that the 2013 Focus ST is rated 23 city/ 32 highway/ 26 combined. In doing so, the ST returns the best fuel economy in the sport tuned compact class. These numbers are better than the VW Golf GTI and MazdaSpeed 3.

The 2.0 I4 EcoBoost found in the Focus ST also achieves 252 hp/ 270 lb.-ft torque. This engine is also available in the 2013 Ford Fusion, Taurus, Escape, Edge, and Explorer.

DEARBORN, Mich., July 12, 2012 – The 2013 Ford Focus ST isn’t just fast, it’s frugal.

The Focus ST’s new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine is certified at 32 mpg highway – better than its manual-equipped competition in the Volkswagen GTI and MazdaSpeed3.

“We’re putting the ‘power’ in the power of choice, again,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “This is just one more example of the ‘win-win’ in the Focus ST narrative. This kind of performance combined with these high levels of efficiency sets a new benchmark with this car.”

The choice of power
Compared with the previous-generation Ford Focus, which last made 140 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque, Focus ST gives up only 3 mpg on the highway but gains 112 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque for a total of 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft.

As another comparison, the base Focus 2.0-liter engine now makes 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque, but achieves as much as 40 mpg on the highway – another example of how Ford is delivering world-class fuel economy and performance.

EcoBoost rising
While Focus ST is the first four-cylinder performance EcoBoost engine, fuel-efficient EcoBoost powertrains are now a mainstay in Ford’s lineup. Ford’s annual EcoBoost production will grow to nearly 1.6 million engines globally by 2013.

On the other end of the spectrum from the Focus ST’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost is the 1.0-liter EcoBoost – Ford’s smallest, quietest engine ever – that arrives in one of the company’s U.S. small cars next year. Already on sale in the European Focus, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine was named the 2012 International Engine of the Year last month.

Additional 1.6-, 2.0- and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines are already available on Escape, Explorer, Edge, F-150, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles, and Taurus. EcoBoost offers up to a 15 percent reduction in CO2 versus larger-displacement, non-turbocharged engines.
 

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I suspect that if this engine were to be dropped in the current Mustang it would return better fuel economy than the already good 19/31 that the larger V6 gets. Also, the car would be lighter - especially the front end - resulting in better handling. If it does 0-60 in about 8 seconds in the heavier Taurus, its performance in the Mustang would still be very respectable. I don't see how Ford could lose by offering a high fuel economy model with this plant and making available an optional handling and appearance package that doesn't hurt economy.
 

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Beyond current vehicle specific electronic "torque-steer" control, would the Focus ST not benefit from the mechanical RevoKnuckle strut?
 
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