The latest hot hatch from the Blue Oval made its debut today, the Ford Focus ST. This Focus is the latest model to wear the famous ST badge. It was developed by the company’s in-house high-performance division, Ford Performance.

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2,3-litre power

Powering the new model is 2,3-litre EcoBoost petrol with twin-scroll turbocharging and anti-lag. The all-aluminium engine is the most powerful ever offered in a Focus ST. Maximum power is rated as 206 kW at 5 500 r/min with 420 N.m peak torque available from 3 000 to 4 000 r/min.

For the very first time buyers will get to choose between two transmission options in their Focus ST. The options are a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. For those who have two left feet there is even a rev-matching function on the manual version to blip the throttle for you.

Ford is also offering another first for the Focus ST, a front-wheel drive electronic limited-slip differential. Front disc dimensions are 330 mm and feature dual-piston callipers. Rear discs measure 302 mm.

Tailored to suit

The new Ford Focus ST features three drive modes as standard: Wet, Normal, Sport and – for models equipped with the Performance Pack – Track Drive Modes adjust the eLSD, throttle mapping, automatic transmission shift patterns, electronic stability control, electronic sound enhancement and climate settings to suit the driving scenario. A dedicated button on the steering wheel gives direct access to Sport mode, and an additional ‘Mode’ button allows drivers to quickly scroll through the drive mode options.

Sporty touches

Ford has fitted Recaro front seats, an ST-embossed aluminium gear knob and scuff plates; alloy pedals; metallic hexagonal and satin silver decorative elements; and metal grey stitching for the seats, door inserts and centre console. Electronic sound enhancement technology amplifies engine and exhaust noise in Sport and Track modes

A larger, more steeply angled rear roof spoiler, twin exit tailpipes, a rear diffuser element, and larger front air intakes are part of the external styling that is unique to the Focus ST. Alloy wheel options include 18-inch alloys in different designs, with a 19-inch wheel also offered.

We asked Ford SA representatives if the new model will be available locally and they could not confirm if the Ford Focus ST is heading for our market.