New Ford Focus ST Hardcore Edition brings handling improvement Car News

Ford has unveiled an upgraded version of its Focus ST hot hatchback, which the firm claims is the most agile model to date thanks to its improved driving dynamics.

The Focus ST Edition starts from £ 35,785 and rounds out the model range with several performance-oriented changes, and arrives alongside the limited-run Fiesta ST Edition, which has received similar upgrades.

“The new Focus ST Edition takes the hot sedan to a new level of driving precision and control,” said Stefan Muenzinger, director of Ford Performance. “Not only does it provide increased balance and responsiveness for the enthusiast, but also gives the ability to tailor the feel and balance of handling of the car to the customer,” he said.

Ford Performance adjustable coilover suspension comes standard, and the model features a 10mm lower ride height front and rear, with an additional 20mm adjustment available. The Focus ST shocks now have 12 rebound settings for better cornering control.

Customers will also receive a technical document indicating the optimal suspension settings for specific surfaces and different driving conditions.

The model comes standard with 19-inch light-alloy rims, which Ford says reduces unsprung mass by 10% at every corner of the car, improving grip on the roughest roads. The spring rates are also increased by more than 50% compared to the standard model.

The model retains its eLSD system with hydraulically actuated clutches for better power distribution, as well as its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which produces 276 hp and gives a 0-62 mph time of 5.7 seconds. The 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel option continues to be available on the stock ST, which can also be offered with an automatic transmission and as a station wagon version.

The exterior of the Focus ST Edition gains gloss black grille details, front bumper fenders, exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler and diffuser panel, with a black roof panel and black border for the ST badges.

Inside, the model’s sport seats, floor mats and leather steering wheel are trimmed in traditional Ford blue stitching, and the engine start button is displayed in red.


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