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The Ford Focus RS is So Very Tasty

Oct 17, 2014 - 12:10 PM - by NickJ
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Ford's current hot hatch siblings the Fiesta ST and Focus ST are already two pretty great entries into the segment, but there's always a desire for a little more. Thankfully, it looks like the Blue Oval is ready to satiate that need because it's continuing to test the even more powerful Focus RS around Europe. According to our spy shooters, these shots come from near the Nürburgring.

As with previous photos, Ford engineers continue to heavily camouflage the front end of the RS prototypes, but there's a big difference here. Unlike earlier ones, this example appears to have a closer-to-production-ready front bumper rather than just a horizontal strip for the license plate. That may point to development getting somewhat closer to wrapping up. Although, this one lacks the larger rear wing from prior testers, and the exhaust also appears to be a work in progress with the rear diffuser covered in mesh in these latest shots.

The RS is rumored to be using the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the 2015 Mustang, but power is reportedly turned up from 310 horsepower in the 'Stang to somewhere between 325 hp and 350 hp for the Focus. Routing all that just through the front wheels could be a recipe for serious torque steer, and all-wheel drive is potentially being used for better traction.

For more stir the sauce: Ford Focus RS ready to make our hot hatch dreams real - Autoblog
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2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel Clatters into Paris

Oct 09, 2014 - 9:26 AM - by ST2Focus
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by Jason Siu, Oct 02 2014

The new Ford Focus ST is getting a diesel engine option… In Europe.

The American automaker has brought the 2015 Focus ST to the 2014 Paris Motor Show for its auto show debut after being unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This also marks the first time the Focus ST will be offered with a diesel engine, which the company is calling “the most fuel-efficient and lowest CO2 Ford performance car ever.” The 2.0-liter TDCi has 182 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, making it capable of hitting 62 mph from a standstill in 8.1 seconds while returning 67.3 mpg on the generous European cycle.

Previously announced was the Focus ST’s gasoline engine which is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost powerplant with 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both motors will be available with auto start-stop that improves the EcoBoost version’s fuel economy by six percent, helping make it the most fuel efficient Focus ST ever. A six-speed manual transmission is mated to both engines and the 2015 Focus ST will start arriving European dealerships in early 2015.

2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel Clatters Into Paris » News
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The September 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is Flora!

Sep 29, 2014 - 1:33 PM - by wicked

The September 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than Flora with this great shot! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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And the winner of the Sony Action Cam contest is...

Sep 08, 2014 - 9:51 PM - by STdan
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Congrats goes out to Zerocoolxx for winning the name some things you would like to see on the 2016 Ford Focus ST contest! Here's what he thought the next generation Focus ST should have:

1. Lets face it, they want to compete with the GolfR/STI/EVO... then they need to go with an AWD system. It would be huge for traction purposes and to smooth out the tail happy beast.

2. Larger break kit options, from Brembo/Wilwood. I would look at it more like a track package, above what ever package scheme Ford may have. The rear breaks needs a beefier set of discs and calipers to look like they fit in the wheels better.

3. Actual turn-in headlights. They would not cost a huge amount more, and are far more functional then the current "turn-in" yellowish light bulb. This would also allow for a different headlight design that might look less clustered, and more refined.

4. A standard upgraded FMIC. Considering everyone here has found that the stock FMIC is ok for general putt-putt use, head soak (especially in hot climates) seems to be a real issue.

5. Factory limited slip diff. Everyone in this category has one, and it would be beneficial for all track use and heavy road use.

Thanks to everyone that took the time to participate. There were a ton of good entries that made it very tough to select a winner.
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The August 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is go46ball!

Sep 02, 2014 - 3:51 PM - by wicked

Another very good turnout this month but getting the most votes is none other than go46ball with this gorgeous ST! Congratulations!!!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo and to those who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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Ford ST Products Surpassing Expectations

Aug 29, 2014 - 10:21 AM - by ST2Focus
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Byron Pope, Aug 26, 2014

Ford is working to increase production of the performance-oriented Focus ST and Fiesta ST due to strong customer demand.

Focus ST boasts 15-day turn rate, faster than most Ford products.

Ford’s Focus ST and Fiesta ST performance-oriented hatchbacks are selling better than projected, leading the automaker to adjust production of the vehicles at their respective assembly plants.

“We were a little conservative on planning on both products, so we’re working to dial-up production,” Sarah Rock, Focus and Fiesta GT brand manager. “They currently are experiencing some of the highest turn rates in Ford showrooms.”

The Fiesta ST is built at Ford’s Cuautitlán, Mexico, plant, while the Focus ST is assembled in Wayne, MI. Rock says Ford is adjusting the mix to produce greater volumes of STs in relation to the base-model products, but doesn’t offer specifics.

Ford says both models are turning twice as fast as the base models. The Focus ST’s turn rate currently is 15 days, while the Fiesta ST has a 30-day turn rate.

The performance models account for about 8% of the Focus and Fiesta ST model mix, but that is expected to trend upward as production adjustments are made.

Focus deliveries, including the base model and ST version, were off 4.6% last year to 234,570 units, while Fiesta sales rocketed 25.1% to 71,073, according to WardsAuto data. Through July, Focus deliveries dove 6.9% to 138,680, while Fiesta was 8.4% behind last year’s tally to 42,626.

For decades, the so-called hot-hatch segment was dominated by the Volkswagen GTI, which posted an 18.4% dropoff in sales last year to 13,310 units. Through July, GTI deliveries jumped 9.0% to 8,498. The German automaker expects a boost from the recent introduction of an all-new model.

Rock says the performance cars are drawing new customers to Ford showrooms, many of which are trading in import models.

“ST products are seeing conquest rates higher than other Ford nameplates,” she says. “They have a 65%-70% conquest... [Read More]
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[Contest Time] Who Likes Free Stuff?! Sony Action Cam Up For Grabs

Aug 27, 2014 - 3:05 PM - by NickJ

All of this talk of the 2016 Focus RS got us thinking about the Future and what it will hold for the Focus Line and Specifically the Focus ST. Then we thought that it would be good to let you guys and gals help us think about what the new Focus ST could and should look like.

In order to enter for your chance to win your very own Sony Action Cam with GPS all you have to do is reply to this thread with a minimum of 3 (5 MAX) things that you would like to see on the 2016 Focus ST. Post those 3 things and elaborate on those things.

I am not looking for a quick list:
Quote Originally Posted by Lazy Entry
  • 1. New Fog Lights
  • 2. New Grille
  • 3. New Hood

Okay now give me stuff.
If you want to win awesome things, give me awesome, developed thoughts and ideas!

Photo-chops, diagrams, things scrawled on napkins are highly encouraged.

The contest will close on Monday Sept 8 at 12:00 PM CST and we will select the winner to be announced that afternoon.
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