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All-New Ford Fiesta ST Debuts With Itty Bitty Turbo 3-Cylinder Engine

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:32 AM - by AutoGuide.com


The next-generation model of the ridiculously fun Ford Fiesta ST has debuted with a new engine.

The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST will now be powered by an all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with about 200 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. This engine replaces the 1.6L four-cylinder motor in the old ST, and, although it is smaller, output increases by a bit.

This is the first time Ford’s three-cylinder motor has been used in a performance car, and it even has cylinder deactivation that will shut down one cylinder under light loads. The engine should help the hatch blast to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds. As before, the Ford Fiesta ST will only be available with a six-speed manual.

The little hatch also gets three driving modes for the first time — Normal, Sport and Track — that change the engine response, throttle response, steering feel and response, stability control, and exhaust sound.
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ST Octane Academy dates for 2017 is now live so sign up for your session

Jan 11, 2017 - 4:43 PM - by ST2Focus
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Here it is 2016 FoST owners, STOA is being continued and here's your chance to get some track time.

Check out this link for more info: https://stoctaneacademy.com/en/

Here's the link to go to and register: https://stoctaneacademy.com/en/register-now

Once registered make sure to add your name to the list here: http://www.focusst.org/forum/st-acad...dees-list.html

I've been twice and it was well worth it. I'm currently set up for go back in April for my RS Adrenaline Academy experience. Do NOT miss out on this opportunity!
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Ford’s Adorable Stop-Motion Video Pays Homage to All Your Favorite Movies

Dec 21, 2016 - 3:15 PM - by AutoGuide.com


In what might be one of the best automaker holiday traditions, Ford Europe has released Snowkhana 5, an annual stop-motion video that riffs off the popularity of Ken Block’s Gymkhana series.

This year’s video pays homage to all your favorite movies, complete with all the mini drifting and silly antics we’ve come to love about these videos. How many movie references can you catch? We’re sure you’ll get the Fast & Furious one right away!
See Ford’s Adorable Stop-Motion Video Pays Homage to All Your Favorite Movies at AutoGuide.com.
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Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

Dec 13, 2016 - 10:03 AM - by AutoGuide.com


Making their pick for the best new car this year, AutoGuide.com’s team of automotive experts is excited to announce the Ford Focus RS is the recipient of the outlet’s 2017 Car of the Year Award.

'The Ford Focus RS is available in North America for the first time ever, and it’s even better than we were expecting,' said AutoGuide Group Editorial Director Jonathan Yarkony. 'Its combination of hard-core performance in a practical package made it an undeniable choice for this year’s AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year.

The Focus RS was pitted against some stiff competition, as AutoGuide’s team of editors evaluated the very best new models this year during five intensive days of back-to-back testing in Southern California.

In the end, after falling in love with the Focus RS’s drive, its impressive value sealed the deal.

Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer, said: 'It’s an honor to receive this top prize from AutoGuide.com. The success of Focus RS throughout 2016 is testament to the entire Ford team who put all of their energy into creating such a special car to capture the heart of any driving enthusiast.'

The RS builds on what drivers liked about the Focus ST and makes it truly hardcore. The biggest upgrades to the rally-inspired racer are that all-wheel-drive system and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that provides an addictive 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. That engine is hooked up exclusively to a slick six-speed manual, and with power to all four wheels, drivers have maximum traction powering out of corners. On top
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2017 Ford Focus RS: AutoGuide.com Car of the Year Contender

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:51 PM - by AutoGuide.com


AutoGuide.com gathered six of the most significant new cars for the 2017 model year for our annual Car of the Year evaluations. This year, our contenders are the Hyundai Elantra, BMW M2, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Kia Optima, 2017 Ford Focus RS and Chevrolet Cruze. There was no hard price cap on this year’s entrants, but we tried to make sure none of them were extravagantly priced. We will release a new video on each contender every day leading up to Dec. 13, when we announce our winner. Stay tuned for our Crossover/SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year series, which is also coming soon!

This is the first time the 2017 Ford Focus RS has been offered in North America, and the hot hatch has a lot of enthusiasts very excited. The car basically builds on what drivers liked about the Focus ST and makes it even more hardcore.

The biggest upgrades to the rally-inspired racer are the all-wheel-drive system and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that provides a very healthy 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Thatengine is hooked up exclusively to a slick six-speed manual sending power to all four wheels so drivers have maximum traction for powering out of corners and even drifting like the Ken Block proteges everyone aspires to be — the system can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle for maximum hoonage.
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Ford Focus ST-Line 1.5T Ecoboost 150 (2016) review

Sep 19, 2016 - 4:39 PM - by ST2Focus
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By CJ Hubbard, 19 September 2016

►*ST-Line blends ST looks with affordability (sort of)
►*Three engine choices; we test mid-spec 148bhp 1.5t
►*Soft-core sports suspension nicely judged

Focus ST-Line? This is one of those wannabe gangsta, sporty-but-not-sporty trim levels, isn’t it?

Spot on. Ford, as is basically every other carmaker with a performance sub-brand worth speaking of, is trying to cash-in on the halo effect of its ST hot hatch models with a new trim level that bags similar looks but none of the associated brawn.

ST-Line is aimed at folks who like the sporting ST image but either can’t afford to take the on full-fat tyre-squealer running costs, or those who aren’t keen on the side effects of the inevitable, backside-bruising suspension upgrades that feature alongside the uprated engines. This new no-meat-but-most-of-the-trimmings alternative is available on the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and Kuga.

So how much like a proper Focus ST does the Focus ST-Line really look?

It’s not bad from a distance – the bumpers and side skirts follow similar lines and you do get lowered sports suspension as part of the package. It would be enough to fool most people at a glance.

But as you get closer, you’ll spot that the 17-inch ‘Rock Metallic Grey’ alloy wheels don’t fill the arches with quite the same promise. Round the back – where the ST proper features twin centre-exit exhaust finishers – there’s just a simple black diffuser insert on the ST-Line and a single, limp-looking peashooter of a tailpipe on one side.

Sports suspension? I thought you said it wasn’t supposed to be spine-crushingly uncomfortable?

I actually said backside-bruising, but either way, don’t panic. The ST-Line set-up is 10mm lower than standard but Ford hasn’t removed the springs and dampers altogether – in fact it feels very nicely judged for the UK.

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New Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST development under way

Jun 10, 2016 - 3:53 AM - by ST2Focus
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The next-generation of hot Fiesta and Focus models could arrive by 2020, but a Mondeo ST is unlikely

by Mike Duff, 10 June 2016

Ford Performance is starting work on the next-generation Fiesta and Focus ST now that the Focus RS is in production, but a hot version of the current Mondeo looks increasingly unlikely.

Focus RS chief engineer Tyrone Johnson told Autocar his next job was to start work on the replacements for the Fiesta and Focus STs.

Although Johnson wouldn’t discuss production dates, the new Focus and Fiesta are due in 2018-2019, suggesting launch dates for the ST versions of 2019-2020.

Johnson says both cars will have to retain their blend of accessible performance and everyday usability but will also have to evolve to deal with competition from new rivals.

Johnson was less encouraging about a Mondeo ST being engineered to rival the Audi S4/S6 and BMW M3/M5.

“It’s a pretty big car and the rivals are now offering around 500bhp. I think that’s a big ask for the Mondeo,” he said.

At around 1800kg and nearly 4.9 metres long, the Mondeo is closer in size to the BMW 5 Series than the 3 Series.

“Making a fast Mondeo fit our HP2 category would be very difficult,” said Johnson.

Any Ford Performance model has to fit into one of three categories — HP1, HP2 and Elite — which Ford defines by strict performance and handling criteria.

The new GT is an Elite model, the Focus RS an HP2 and the Fiesta/Focus ST are HP1s.

New Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST development under way | Autocar
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