If you are wondering how a Ford Focus feels like if it is fitted with afterburners, why not try driving the new Ford Focus ST. The Ford Focus ST is powered by a four-cylinder, direct-injected turbocharged engine installed with an "overboost" system that extends peak torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,500 rpm for up to 15 seconds at a time.
This is unlike other EcoBoost engines that begin to drop off at higher engine speeds after hitting the peak torque. The powerhouse that sits on the Ford Focus ST is the first overboosted Ford EcoBoost engine sold in North America. The overclocked EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine is also fitted with a very robust cooling system.
Lisa Schoder, marketing manager for Focus ST, said that the engine turbo is developed for sustained, high-output performance. She added that the company’s engineers programmed the vehicle’s computer to allow the engine to rev past 3,000 rpm.
According to Schoder, they limited the peak turbo boost to maintain a wide margin of safety and durability. She remarked that the overboost is “cool” especially for performance-hungry drivers.
Ford is offering several style options for the Focus ST, including the Tangerine Scream metallic finish and the race-inspired Recaro seats that come with matching color accents.
As an incentive to drivers who preorder a Focus ST, a GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack will be theirs upon delivery. The offer is only good for the first 1,000 presale orders placed between May 1 and Aug. 20, 2012.
With its stunningly sporty exterior laden with an array of aerodynamic elements, the new Ford Focus ST is able to set itself apart from other members of the Ford Focus family. Although the new Focus ST features the same dynamic profile as the new Focus five-door, the ST derivative stands out as it comes with different designs both on the front and rear ends. Moreover, the new Ford Focus ST comes with muscular extended rocker panels and rides on stunning new alloy wheels with a design derived from the classic Y-spoke ST pattern.
For instance, Ford gave the front end of the new Focus ST a more athletic face, by replacing the twin upper and lower grilles with a new stunning one-piece design, which placed higher on the car’s nose. This stunning one-piece design represents a new sporty take on Ford's signature trapezoidal grille, as completed by characteristic hexagonal mesh in high gloss black.
Ford also revised the design of the front spoiler. Its deep central splitter is now bordered by small motorsport-inspired spoiler blades, which themselves sweep and reach out to the fog lamps. These spoiler blades are connected to the body lines of the Focus ST through the grille structure, similar to the configuration found in the current Focus RS model.
Martin Smith, Executive Design Director at Ford, remarked that changes made on the new Focus ST were designed to deliver superior aerodynamics and performance, thereby making the car unique and sporty. He added that the new design elements implemented on both the front and rear ends of the new Ford Focus ST give it a more dynamic and purposeful character.