Ford announced that the 2015 Focus ST Facelift will make its word debut on June 27 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Just like the standard version, the 2015 Ford Focus ST Facelift will get a new design consisting in a new set of headlights, a redesigned front grille as well as a new bonnet that features a centre power dome leading down to the grille.
The rear end also receives redesigned headlights as well as an updated bumper. Under the hood, we expect to find the same engine that powers the current version, which means that we will see a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that generates 250 PS and 360 Nm of torque.
In addition, Ford also announced that is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever “virtual versus real” race on the Goodwood hill. The new 2015 Focus ST Facelift will race in real time against the Focus ST featured in the Gran Turismo 6 game for Playstation 3.
The real car will be drive by Ben Collins a.k.a. the former Stig. Visitors to the Ford stand will also be able to drive the Focus ST in the Gran Turismo 6 game and have the chance to record their own times.
2015 Ford Mustang will make its first U.K. appearance at Goodwood as the Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put will drive the V8-powered Mustang GT in the Supercar Class.
Considered as the most advanced Ford Focus ST so far, the latest iteration offers a more responsive, and refined driving experience thanks to the fact that it comes loaded with tuned suspension and steering, new chassis control technologies, bespoke tire specs as well as two powerful engines (petrol and diesel).
The diesel version of Ford Focus ST combines sportiness and everyday practicality with high levels of efficiency. Powered by a 2.0 liter TDCi engine that delivers 185 PS of max output, this version of the Focus ST could go from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.1 seconds, while consuming 4.4 liters of diesel fuel for every 100 km (64.2 mpg), and emitting 114 grams of carbon dioxide per km.
The petrol version, meanwhile, offers a higher level of performance while still delivering considerable efficiency. Its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 250 PS of max output to allow this Focus ST to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds, while consuming 6.8 liters of petrol per 100 km (41.5 mpg), and emitting 158 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Both versions of the Focus ST feature Auto-Start-Stop technology. In the EcoBoost version, this technology hikes its fuel efficiency by six percent.
Joe Bakaj, vice president for Product Development at Ford of Europe, remarked that the new Focus ST provides a more sophisticated balance of performance and driving dynamics as well as refinement and style – all of which are considered as the core of Ford's Sports Technologies DNA. He added that by offering a diesel version, the Focus St has become more enjoyable and rewarding to drive.
As expected, the new Ford Focus ST will feature the technology and craftsmanship that were first unveiled with the new Ford Focus earlier this year. For instance, the new five-door and wagon models will be loaded with a number of driver assistance technologies and connectivity features including the SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system.
Since Ford introduced the Focus ST in 2002, the carmaker has also sold over 140,000 units in 40 countries around the world.