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Ford Focus ST review - can it stand up to the Hyundai i30 N?

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:26 AM - by ST2Focus
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by John Barker, 3 Jul 2019

Verdict: The Focus ST is characterful, fast and capable: everything it needs to be to take on the class leaders

Evo Rating: Four out of 5 stars

For: Dynamic and capable, strong engine

Against: Can’t tailor (optional) drive mode features

A few weeks ago, we got a rapid ride in the new Focus ST at Ford’s Lommel test track in Belgium. We drove it too, but we couldn’t write about it until now... when we’ve also driven it for a whole day on some great roads in the south of France. The last-generation ST didn’t really cut it, but not only is the new model more powerful, with 276bhp, anti-lag and a skipload of torque, it also has the features it needs to run with the big dogs of the class, namely adaptive damping and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Engine, transmission and 0-60 time

The ST’s four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivers 276bhp and 310lb ft of torque, fed through a six-speed manual (with a shorter throw action) gearbox, with a seven-speed DCT option to come before the end of the year. For improved throttle response the motor’s twin-scroll turbo features anti-lag in Sport and Track driving modes. This, combined with the engine’s generous torque, makes the ST quicker than the RS in the mid-range, says Ford. Claimed figures are zero to 62mph in 5.7sec, with the estate version a tenth slower.]

Technical highlights

As well as adaptive damping, the chassis of the new ST is also 10mm lower and has springs that are stiffer front and rear by 20 and 15 per cent respectively. It has an ‘eLSD’ — effectively an electronically controlled limited-slip differential — which is supplemented by torque vectoring. The ST’s is just two turns lock-to-lock and its 18- and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport tyres have been developed to give precise, strong steering response and a chassis balance that makes the rear of the Focus mobile in an exploitable way. The ST also uses an electric brake booster (EBB)... [Read More]
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2019 Ford Focus ST review: a true Golf GTI rival?

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:19 AM - by ST2Focus

5 July 2019

Ford has a long history of excellent hot hatchbacks, from the Escort Cosworth to the current Fiesta ST. Now there's another model looking to join that exclusive list.

The new Focus ST is now the fastest version of the latest-generation Focus, and it comes brimming with features that its predecessors have never seen before. Adaptive dampers, an electronic limited slip differential, and anti-lag turbo technology that has filtered down from the Ford GT supercar.

Is that enough to make it the best Fast Ford of the current crop? We've been finding out at Ford's international launch, ahead of customer deliveries later this year.
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Win a Trip for 2 to Bimmerfest West 2019 California

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM - by

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Top 10 Best Car Seat Covers

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:01 PM - by

For some, seat covers aren’t the most stylish accessory you can add to your vehicle, but they have a lot of value in keeping your interior in top notch shape. Some seat covers do have fancy patterns and colors that spice up your interior, but their main purpose is to keep your car’s seats clean. Whether protecting against spills, dirt, mud, or even sweat, seat covers come in a variety of prices and materials, so they’re not as easy to shop for as you may initially think. Read More
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2020 Ford Focus ST Leaked in Full, Probably Has 290 HP

Dec 07, 2018 - 6:31 AM - by ST2Focus
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by Mihnea Radu, 6 December 2018

We knew a fair bit about the Ford Focus ST and had a pretty good idea of how it looks. However, today, we can show you the real deal, with production paint and wheels, the hot hatch that you will soon be able to buy.

Several images of an uncamouflaged prototype have leaked out. And judging from where the steering wheel is located, these were taken in Europe, perhaps at the Cologne factory, where so much Focus revealing has taken place. The last bit of information came from Australia, a sticker where confirmed that the hot hatch would indeed be powered by a 2.3-liter turbo engine.

Like the weight of a pro boxer, the displacement of the Focus ST has fluctuated a lot over the years, from 2.5-liter five-cylinder to a 2-liter and now the Mustang engine. Speaking of which, the ST is believed to develop as much power as the entry-level pony in Europe: 290 PS and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft). That puts it right up there with the Megane RS, Hyundai i30 N, and Leon Cupra.

A 6-speed manual will be standard, but an automatic will also be available, even on this gasoline-powered model. The diesel Focus ST has been confirmed too, believed to develop around 190 HP. The performance gap between the two will be sizable.

These photos from Ford tuner Pumaspeed show that the boy kit is nearly identical to the ST-Line. However, we do see revisions to the fog light area and twin exhaust pipes around the back. The size of the trunk wing has also increased a bit, matching the performance aspiration of the car. The hatch has also been fitted with gunmetal lightweight 18-inch alloys and bigger brakes.

The interior is exactly what you'd expect from a fast Ford: not that modified. Upgrades over the standard Focus only include Recaro seats with ST logos and the steering wheel. You might also notice that the e-brake panel is missing.

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Black Friday 2018: All the Best Tire Deals You Can Score This Year

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:36 PM - by

The annual shopping season is upon us.

Many vehicle owners don’t like shelling out big money for new rubber, so if there was ever time to pick up a new set of tires for your car – it’s Black Friday.

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