Ford will start selling its 250PS Focus ST on June 1, 2012, in the United Kingdom at an on-the-road price of £21,995. The Focus ST is powered by a direct-injection 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that could provide up to 250PS. Despite this awesome power, Focus ST’s EcoBoost engine boasts of a decent fuel economy that allows the hatchback to cruise 39.2 miles per gallon of fuel and emit just 169 grams of Carbon Dioxide per kilometer traveled – a 20 percent improvement from its predecessor.
Aside from a powerful yet fuel-efficient engine, the Focus ST also boasts of a unique suspension, and tuned non-linear variable-ratio steering and performance brakes. Focus ST also features some styling cues that are borrowed from the original Ford Focus ST Concept -- central exhaust, imposing trapezoidal front grille and Tangerine Scream paint option.
Available in both hatchback and estate body styles, the Focus ST provides drivers a high level of safety, comfort and convenience, without sacrificing style and performance. Standard features for UK-bound Focus ST include Ford Power keyless start, Recaro seats, Bluetooth DAB radio, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The top-of-the range version, the ST3, adds keyless entry, heated leather seats, Bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.
One could also opt for the Focus ST to have a sporty look: red brake calipers, rado-grey alloys wheels and illuminated scuff plates. Customers in the UK have been waiting for the newest Focus ST model as two of its predecessors have caught the attention of the buying public, selling more than 35,000 units between 2002 and 2010.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said that the country has become the spiritual home for performance Fords ever since the arrival of the legendary GT40. Ovenden expressed optimism that the latest Focus ST will excite customers around the world, especially in the UK.