Ford has announced the Focus ST Edition, a special edition version of the Focus ST five-door hot hatchback that enhances driving dynamics with upgraded suspension and lightweight wheels, and boasts unique interior and exterior elements, too.
Available to order in selected European markets, the Focus ST Edition is said to be the most dynamic version of the fourth generation Focus ST to date, offering the ability to tailor the vehicle’s driving dynamics to the driver’s personal preference using a Ford Performance-tuned adjustable coilover suspension system.
Flow-formed alloy wheels are fitted as standard and reduce unsprung weight, and a hydraulically-activated electronic limited-slip differential as well as selectable Drive Modes, contribute to what Ford describe as “an even more rewarding and confident Focus ST driving experience.”
Unique Azura Blue paintwork distinguishes the ST Edition from run-of-the-mill ST’s, along with high-gloss black detailing and a black roof finishing off the look. Part-leather Recaro sports seats, blue detail stitching on the leather ST steering wheel, gear lever gaiter, centre console knee pads and floor mats.
and a red ST starter button set the scene in the cabin of the £35 785 (approximately R745 000) hot hatchback.
The Focus ST’s 2,3‑litre EcoBoost motor puts out 205 kW and 420 N.m and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission ensuring maximum driver engagement. Sport and Track drive modes benefit from anti-lag technology which was inspired by both the Ford GT and F-150 Raptor.
Off-the-line performance is rather brisk thanks to a flat-shift function that holds the throttle open when the clutch is disengaged during upshifts through the six-speed manual gearbox, thus allowing the motor to remain on boost when changing gear. 0-100 km/h is dealt with in just 5,7 seconds with the top speed limited to 250 km/h.
The Ford Focus ST has been engineered to be used on the track, something which is evident when considering the optimised steering knuckle design; responsive, two turn lock-to-lock Electronically assisted power steering; as well as the performance braking system with 330 mm front and 302 mm rear discs which have been optimised for fade resistance.
We will be receiving neither the standard Ford Focus ST nor the Focus ST Edition in South Africa due to concerns around pricing, as well as fuel quality.