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Internet, You Can Keep This Overpriced, Over-Modified, Over-Weaponized Ford Focus ST

Feb 21, 2014 - 3:15 PM - by ST2Focus
by Alexander Stoklosa, February 20, 2014

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Look normal so far? Just wait.

Ah, Cleveland, Texas. According to Google, this small city in the southeastern part of the Lone Star state is home to nearly 8000 residents, occupies 4.8 square miles, and, of course, is the current home of the modified zombie-proofed/anime-themed/red-patterned Ford Focus ST you see here. Now, we’re not sure what’s in the drinking water down in Cleveland, but perhaps this . . . one-of-a-kind Focus ST’s previous owner is importing his from south of the border.

Uh, still sort of OK . . .

Did we say previous owner? Why, yes, we did. Currently offered for sale at a dealership, this Focus ST has a heart-stopping asking price of $38,988. Never mind that this particular ST started life as a 2013 model with the mid-level ST2 option package and a sunroof for an out-the-door price of $30,230—we’re most impressed by the dealer’s gumption to assume the car’s near-7000-mile odometer and, er, “enhancements” add value. And that the dealer took this car as a trade-in in the first place. Regardless, we won’t spoil the fun, so check this ride out for yourself below.


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Bingo.

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Car & Driver FOCUS ST Long Term Test

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:18 AM - by gottligm06
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BY K.C. COLWELL, February 2014

Months in Fleet: 6 months
Current Mileage: 18,061 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 26 mpg
Average Range: 377 miles
Service: $159
Normal Wear: $0
Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $0 (repair pending)

TESTED

Some of you may remember our long-term 2012 Ford Focus SE and how it drifted silently into the internet abyss, never to be heard from again. The red hatchback was forced off the road and the, er, off-road incident nearly totaled it. With much to repair, it wouldn’t have replicated the new-car experience on which our 40,000-mile tests center, and so Ford agreed to a long-term review of a new Focus. This time we went with the hot-hatch ST. In red, of course.

This was before the Focus family, which had been awarded a Car and Driver 10Best trophy in 2013, fell off the list for 2014. That isn’t to say the Focus has lost its luster—there’s just a lot of good stuff out there, including the new 2014 Mazda 3, itself now a 10Bester. After all, the Focus ST is one of the cars extant that balances practicality with performance. The compact hot hatch will throw down low-six-second 0–60-mph sprints and offers plenty of cargo space for Costco runs. We’d say its the best dual-purpose car for less than $30,000, but our comparo already determined that Volkswagen’s forthcoming MkVII GTI has dibs on that title. So call the ST the second best.

In an attempt to maximize the use rate of the 252-hp ST, we opted for a fully loaded model. The base ST starts at $24,910, but lacks the optional Recaro front buckets, which we wanted. We might have selected option group 201A ($1905), which includes the high-bolstered Recaros (partially clad in leather) as well as an upgraded stereo and an automatic climate-control system, but those two-tone seats evoke images of boy-racer underbody lights from the Fast & Furious crowd. So we stepped up to the $4435 202A group, bringing navigation and monotone full-leather seats. With a set of $375 gray wheels, our ST just squeaked under the $30K mark... [Read More]
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Ford Focus ST is one hot American car packed with value

Feb 16, 2014 - 7:06 AM - by ST2Focus
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By Kevin McCauley, 2.15.14

ST stands for Sports Technologies, which neatly sums up what the new Ford Focus ST is about. After years of releasing hot Focus hatchbacks across the Atlantic, Ford has finally developed a performance-minded Focus for sale everywhere — including America.

The auto giant started with the Focus 5-door hatch and stuffed in a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine, as well as a host of upgrades to suspension, gearbox, brakes and the exterior.

What's under the hood

The previous Focus ST, not available here, was powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five. This one has a 2.0-liter inline four, which sounds worse until you learn it makes 25 more horsepower from the lighter, more compact engine. That means the Focus ST puts out 252 horsepower and a staggering 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

Driving

Ford is very proud of the ST's handling setup, but the turbocharged EcoBoost motor is the standout of the driving experience. It goes from being a silky-smooth, "is the car still on?" sound at low RPMs on the freeway to delivering a raw surge of power when you put your foot in it, complete with a variety of entertaining spooling and sputtering sounds from the turbo. The delivery makes it feels like effortless power when you get it wound up.

In contrast to the power that swells, the brakes are responsive from the get-go — so responsive in fact that you find yourself having to adjust to their sensitivity.

With all the power going to the front wheels only, Ford has taken some drastic measures to limit the effect of torque steer, which is where the front tires can become overloaded from acceleration, a problem with powerful front-wheel-drive cars. There's a Torque Vectoring Control system, which is a brake-based system that limits the front wheels individually while cornering if necessary, and the now-ubiquitous traction-control.

The electronic power-assisted steering could offer more feel, but the overall balance and slightly loose rear-end setup feels very good. It is, above all, very fun and extremely... [Read More]
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Focusst.org member's vehicle profiled in Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Magazine

Feb 07, 2014 - 6:22 AM - by ST2Focus
2013 Ford Focus Project - Stone Cold ST

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By Evan J. Smith, Photography by Ken Miele

If there’s one trend that’s easily recognizable, it’s that fans of MM&FF love V8 power. The V8 has been the leading performance engine for the Mustang since the beginning, and for most other performance Fords over the years—but as we know—the times, they are-a-changin’.

The Coyote V8 isn’t going anywhere, but Ford has made a serious investment into the Ecoboost lineup and the performance is impressive. In it’s four-banger trim, the Ecoboost produces 252 horsepower (in the Focus ST) and the six-cylinder produces 356 hp in the SHO, Flex, Explorer and the F-150. We’re expecting over 300 hp from the Ecoboost I-4 that will land in many 2015 Mustangs and we know enthusiasts will push output way up. It will be interesting to see if four-cylinder Mustangs can smoke some older V8s.

Being that we are Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, we decided to take a look at the Focus ST. Haters can flip the page, there’s plenty of great V8-based stories in this issue. But if you want to learn how to out-run the gaggle of hot hatches and unrespecting Camaro and Challenger owners (and some Stang owners, too) read on.

Our tech Q&A guru “Yo” Ken Miele needed a new cruiser to handle his 120-mile daily commute, so he was after respectable mpg and decent power, all wrapped in a fun package. So Ken stepped up to a Focus ST with the ST2 package.

Amazingly, he nearly cracked into the 13s in bone stock trim and with only two mods he ran a series of traction-limited mid-13-second passes. He stated that with just a few more basic mods and traction he could have a 12-second Focus. Naturally, well be shooting for that.

For his mods, Yo Ken turned to Torrie McPhail of Unleashed Tuning in St. Augustine, Florida. McPhail has his own ST and has spent countless hours working with the SCT crew on the best solutions for Ecoboost upgrades. “The down pipe is simple,” stated McPhail, “because the... [Read More]
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The January 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is...

Feb 03, 2014 - 1:07 PM - by wicked





The winner of this month's Ford Focus ST of the Month contest is aboutxthatxlife! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and to those who casted a vote! Stay tuned for next month's contest that should be posted around the 15th!
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January 2014 Focus ST of the Month Voting

Jan 29, 2014 - 3:32 PM - by wicked




We had so many great entries this month it was difficult choosing just 3 finalists so we selected 5! Please vote for your favorite entry! Voting ends in 3 days

Thanks again to everyone who participated. If your entry didn't get selected this time, no worries. You have next month to try again!
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COBB Ford Focus ST Map Switch FFS

Jan 28, 2014 - 2:29 PM - by STdan

COBB continues to bring new and exciting features to the Ford Focus ST with the release of 5-Way Map Switching and Flat-Foot-Shifting! Only available with the COBB Accessport using Accesstuner software.
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