Ford’s performance divisions in Europe and America have come together to offer a global product – the 2012 Ford Focus ST. This vehicle is the first “go-fast” Ford model that was developed by the company’s new global performance team. Visitors at the Paris Auto Show can view this vehicle at Ford’s booth.
It is believed that the production Focus ST, which is set to arrive at the market in early 2012, will be nearly identical. The new hot hatch is equipped with a 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder unit that has an output of 247hp.
Ford asserts that this car will have the ST spirit, which means that it will offer top performance in all areas. The car is available in a new color interestingly named Tangerine Scream that aims to highlight its dynamic personality.
At Ford’s booth, visitors will also get to view the new Focus family and the fresh Mondeo and C-Max models. Stephen Odell, Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe, said that this year’s Paris Auto Show is “very exciting” as well as “highly significant” with the launching of the complete new Focus range and the global debut of the high- performance ST model.
Odell was also quoted to have said that “the pace of change within Ford remains as impressive as ever,” with the appearance of the all-new C-MAX in Paris, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models.
As expected of performance vehicle specialists at Ford Team RS, they were able to make the new Ford Focus ST good enough to perform just as well as any Ford ST model. In fact, the Ford Focus ST boasts of performance and handling that make it far more superior than the standard Focus, thanks to a number of element revisions and additions.
For instance, the Focus ST model features a chassis that is lower by 10mm. Moreover, it features a different variable ratio steering system. These characteristics, when combined with distinct suspension tuning and high performance brakes, allow the Focus ST to become more agile and imposing on the road.
This new Focus ST is expected to take advantage of the enhancements by the next-generation Focus vehicle architecture. For instance, Ford's latest global C-car platform boasts of stiffer ad stronger body structure complemented by a new electric power assisted steering (EPAS) system.
Additionally, the new Focus ST boasts of optimized front and rear suspension system designs. Likewise, this platform comes with an array of smart new technologies like advanced new driver assistance and powertrain, as well as new chassis and active safety features.
One of these features is the new Torque Vectoring Control system that serves like a torque vectoring differential to help improve the car's cornering stability and agility.
Auto exec Josh Capito remarked that they are confident that the third generation Ford Focus ST will carry on the heritage of high performance ST models. He added that the technology integrated with Ford's global C-car platform will serve as an assurance that the Ford Focus ST will deliver an exceptional driving experience.