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Ford to offer free sync applink update

Jan 04, 2014 - 8:07 AM - by PittsBlueST
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BY Billy Steele, 3 January 2014

Ford certainly isn't waiting until hordes of tech journos land in the Nevada desert to start breaking its CES news. The auto maker will offer SYNC AppLink as a free upgrade this year to owners of 2010 and newer vehicles. The system allows drivers (and their passengers) to use iOS and Android apps like Spotify, NPR, TuneIn and many more via voice control, keeping more attention on the highway. Ford's in-car tech is currently installed in over one million vehicles already on the road and those offered the update will add another 3.4 million to that tally. Unfortunately, the company didn't offer a detailed list of eligible autos, leaving owners in suspense until SYNC AppLink download arrives in the coming months.

Ford to offer free SYNC AppLink upgrade to current owners this year
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Edmunds 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test (Wrap Up)

Jan 03, 2014 - 7:01 AM - by ST2Focus
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From Edmunds.com

Our long-term test of the 2013 Ford Focus ST is complete after one year and 20,000 miles. | January 02, 2014

What We Got
The 2013 Ford Focus ST offered just one powertrain configuration. All STs had the same turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter engine rated to deliver 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All that power was routed through a standard six-speed manual gearbox and an electronic limited-slip differential.

We added a handful of interior options to the standard cruise control, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and Sync voice-control system. Equipment Group 201A ($2,505) included Recaro seats, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded 10-speaker Sony audio system and MyFord Touch. The moonroof ($895), navigation system ($795) and Tangerine Scream paint job ($495) increased the price a bit more. We paid a total of $29,065 for the Focus in October of 2012.

Our Impressions

•"I'm a rear-wheel-drive guy, so it takes a damned good front-wheel-drive car to win me over. I have a short list of FWD cars I truly enjoy: Integra Type R, Mazdaspeed 3. Not many others leap to mind. Our Focus ST is now securely on that list. It's refined, turns in like a shark, sounds great and is way punchier than I expected. It's rewarding to drive without being over the top in any way. Much as I enjoy the Speed3, it doesn't have this car's cohesiveness. And unlike the GTI (the car that inevitably ends up being compared to the Focus), you can turn the ST's stability control off?. The Focus ST is real, it's good, and you owe it to yourself to drive one." — Jason Kavanagh

•"I like [our Focus ST] a bunch, even as a commuter car?. These seats are supremely comfortable. They remind me of seats in just about any Porsche 911 for their ability to support my whole frame without any hot spots. I'm rarely squirming to find a comfy position?. The clutch feel and action are outstanding, even in stop-and-go traffic. There's just enough feel to know where the engagement point is and plenty of torque from the... [Read More]
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The December Focus ST of the Month Winner is...

Dec 30, 2013 - 4:31 PM - by wicked

Our winner this month is stormtrooper_st3! Congratulations!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for next month's contest that should be posted around the 15th!

Happy New Year everyone!
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Drive Flashback: 2002 SVT Ford Focus (The car that started it all)

Dec 28, 2013 - 8:28 AM - by ST2Focus
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The first drive of the Ford Fiesta ST's forefather. (Shouldn't this read Ford Focus ST's forefather?)

By Matt DeLorenzo December 27, 2013

This text originally appeared in the January 2002 issue of Road & Track Magazine.

The Brits have a term for the real thing: “street cred,” i.e., credibility. Poseurs need not apply. That the 2002 SVT Ford Focus has it was apparent as soon as it rolled to a stop in the staging area for the Sports Car Club of America’s Detroit Region solo event at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Through the good offices of the region, I was given the opportunity to wring the car out on the course and gather informal reactions from hardcore enthusiasts.

A swarm of Focus owners immediately descended on the car, poking, prodding, and asking questions about something that doesn’t look much different from a box-stock ZX3. Of course, the trained eye (and ZX3 owners have pairs of them) notices the European-style grille, the slightly lower ride height, the chromed exhaust tip, folding heated mirrors, and, of course, the SVT badge.

But the street cred comes not from what’s on the Focus but what’s in it. It starts with the pumped- up 2.0-liter Zetec inline-four, which makes 40 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque more than the ZX3’s 130 hp and 135 lb-ft and is mated to a six-speed Getrag gearbox.

The SVT Focus also boasts more supportive sport seats, a couple of extra gauges (oil temperature and pressure), an aluminum pedal cluster,

17-in. five-spoke alloy wheels shod with P215/45R-17 ContiSportContact tires, and four-wheel disc brakes with 11.8-in. front and 11.0-in. rear rotors. Putting that extra engine and stopping power to the ground is a suspension that features revised spring and shock rates and new bushings.

All this for a sticker price of $17,995.

The complete nature of the SVT package impressed the Focusphiles—many of whom had easily invested more than the extra $5000 the package represents over the base $13,000 ZX3 in their cars.

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What is Fifteen52 Project ST? Ken Block and the Fifteen52 crew explain.

Dec 23, 2013 - 8:49 AM - by chapel
Video Time!

Check out the culmination of a year's work between fifteen52, Ken Block and the Focus ST

Wait until you see what is in store for 2014 and Project-ST.com (and hopefully more History Lessons and Reader's Rides)!
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The FocusST.org T-Shirt & Keychain giveaway winner is...

Dec 19, 2013 - 1:36 PM - by wicked

is burke753! Congratulations!!!

Quote Originally Posted by burke753 View Post
My favorite other turbo cars are the old Mustang GT turbo, SVO engine but nowhere near as ugly, then there is the Neon SRT-4. by far my favorite front drive car to go straight line fast in, nowhere close to stock, didnt handle good and had a cheap interior. But it would flat move. After the ST though if I ever get a different turbo car it will have to be an STI
Thanks to everyone who participated and look out for more FocusST.org giveaways. Happy Holidays everyone!
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Top Gear names Fiesta ST 2013 Car of the Year

Dec 17, 2013 - 4:23 PM - by Unreal
Link to the slideshow article on Top Gear site >here<

I think the Focus ST should have won, but nice to see a fellow ST get the crown.
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