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Its using basically the same engine (all-be it de-tuned) as the volvo s60r which can be remapped to 345bhp.

The new Focus ST is the most powerful Focus road car developed to date and has proved its potential by lapping the infamous Nurb?rgring a full 10sec faster than the original Focus RS, itself a modern performance icon. Imagine it with 345bhp[:D]
I still think the mkv gti looks far better than the new focus, but the focus is a couple of grand cheaper and will no doubt be quicker.

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The new Focus ST has just had its prices announced by Ford. Available to order from 1st October and in three trims the base (but still well equipped) version costs ?17,495 OTR. They are claiming 150mph, 0-60mph in 6.5secs.

I'll include more details later, but just think about that price for a moment, cheap or what.........

NEW FORD FOCUS ST ? HOT HATCH, COOL PRICE

New 150mph Focus ST from just ?17,495 OTR
Order books open 1st October for both three and five-door models
2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder Duratec ST engine - 225PS
Explosive 320Nm of torque from just 1,600rpm
Exceptional handling, road-holding and braking
Agile, fast and powerful, Focus ST remains refined and practical
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 13 September, 2005 - Fast yet refined, the new Ford Focus ST offers a mouth-watering performance package for the enthusiast driver and, with on-the-road prices from ?17,495, establishes a new value benchmark in the UK market.

The exciting new Focus ST is a significant evolution of Ford's ST brand, delivering an addictive combination of performance and affordability ? something the blue oval has pioneered over the last 20 years - since the days of the Escort XR3 and RS Turbo.

The new Focus ST is the most powerful Focus road car developed to date and has proved its potential by lapping the infamous Nurb?rgring a full 10sec faster than the original Focus RS, itself a modern performance icon. Ford TeamRS, the company's UK-based racing and performance arm, has developed a car specifically for the performance enthusiast without compromising day-to-day comfort or practicality.

Focus ST is available to order from 1st October in three specifications and in an exciting choice of colours including Performance Blue, Panther Black, Colorado Red, Sea Grey and an eye-catching Electric Orange.

Focus ST ?17,495

Standard specification includes a characterful 2.5-litre Duratec five-cylinder 20-valve turbocharged engine developing 225PS at 6,100rpm and 320Nm of torque at just 1,600rpm. Unique 18in alloy wheels, three-spoke leather-clad steering wheel, special ST body styling and a large rear spoiler complete the sporting credentials.

Inside, Recaro sports seats, black headliner, 'submarine' lighting, a six-speed close-ratio gearbox, and unique additional instrument pod containing a turbo boost pressure gauge, and oil temperature and pressure dials, all come as standard.

Focus ST 2 ?18,495

More generously specified than the Astra VXR, Focus ST 2 is also positioned ?500 cheaper. Furthermore, it costs a significant ?1,500 less than a four-cylinder Golf GTI. Additional specification over ST 1 includes an MP3-compatible Sony CD/radio system, Xenon Headlamps, heated front windscreen and ESP traction and stability management.

Focus ST 3 ?19,495

Focus ST 3 adds electric 10-way adjustable Recaro front seats, full leather trim and a Sony six-CD autochanger to Focus ST 2 specification.

Power for performance

Unique in this segment, the ST's turbocharged five-cylinder engine delivers an impressive 225PS at 6,100rpm. Equipped with a slick operating six-speed manual gearbox it is capable of a top speed of 150mph, and needs only 6.5sec to accelerate from zero to 60mph. With such performance potential, the Focus ST positions itself firmly in the league of high performance sports cars.

Jost Capito, Director Ford TeamRS, believes that the Focus ST is the purest expression yet of the "ST" brand. "We have spared no effort in making this the most exciting Ford Focus road car yet," said Capito. "It is a perfect car for drivers who love that unique performance experience, but do not want to sacrifice high standards of refinement, comfort and practicality."

With its carefully enhanced sporting image, the ST is worthy of Ford's affordable performance heritage. The ST states its intentions clearly on low-profile 225/40 R18 tyres mounted on 18x8in cast aluminium wheels. Inside and out, Focus ST is a well-crafted, refined performer ? a highly capable sports car for everyday use.

Focus ST Chassis

The already outstanding Focus chassis, which offers class-leading handling and road holding, has been substantially modified and uprated for the ST. Additional stiffness at the front has been achieved by adding an extra cross-member across between the MacPherson struts by the bulkhead.

The front springs have been stiffened by 30 per cent and the dampers recalibrated to match. The rear springs also have been stiffened by 30 per cent and the anti-roll bar diameter increased by 5 per cent. Overall ride height has been lowered by 25mm.

The brakes have been upgraded to match the performance of ST, developing the already impressive system employed on other Focus models. The 320mm diameter front ventilated discs have been fitted with large calipers and high-performance pads to provide even better initial bite, heat management and extended endurance, as befits the Focus ST's high performance potential.

Comprehensive safety features have been developed in tandem with the Focus's high performance and these include a rigid passenger safety cell, footwell reinforcement, collapsible steering column and pedals and side impact protection door beams. Additional passive safety systems are driver and passenger front and side airbags, pyrotechnic seatbelt pre-tensioners and neck injury protection system on front seats.

Developing the Focus ST look

The Focus ST signals its performance credentials with design cues that echo Ford?s World Rally Championship contenders.

The visual weight of the front bumper emphasises the Focus ST lowered stance, and the aggressive inverted-trapezoid lower grille gives more graphic impact to the nose.

Flanking the lower grille, fog lamp openings are trimmed in brushed aluminium.

At the rear, reversing and rear fog lamp features are given similar design treatment, while the lower bumper has been sculpted to create the appearance of a sportscar-like aerodynamic venturi from which the chrome-tipped dual sport exhausts emerge.

Focus ST interior

Focus ST?s unique additional instrument cluster, incorporated in the upper fascia, creates an immediate visual impact. Turbo boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure are displayed by three separate gauges and provide the enthusiastic driver with key operating data.

Focus ST?s black headliner and A-pillars give the interior an intimate, cockpit feel. The leather steering wheel has an increased rim section with bold thumb grips and three brushed aluminium-finished spokes. Stylish Recaro sport driver and passenger seats provide the optimal lateral support required for spirited driving.

These figure-hugging seats can be specified with colour-keyed inserts to match the exterior colour of the car. This no-cost option is available on s elected colours in the Focus ST range.
 

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Looks a good deal to me...... but, as biased as i am, i'd be tempted to
wait for the new Leon FR and Cupra... the new FR will have 200bhp ala
the GTI, but the Cupra is hotly tipped to use a 240bhp variant of the
2.0T [:D]
 

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Wonder what the RS is gonna be like when it appears if thats the spec of the ST!!! [:O] Probably gonna be bloody quick!! [6]

Problem with fast fords though is the boy-racer interiors they love to
put in em!! Love the way the old shape RS looks from the outside, but
inside I felt it was suffering from a 'touch of the furry dice'
syndrome..

Still be interesting to take one for a good blast though as they're
probably pretty good. And in a couple of years you'll be able to pick
em up for a tenner!![:D]
 

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So let me get this straight. The base ST gives 225 BHP through the front wheels and has no ESP? Am I reading this wrong?
 

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So let me get this straight. The base ST gives 225
BHP through the front wheels and has no ESP? Am I reading this wrong?
The Civic Type-R develops 200bhp through the front wheels and has no
ESP or Traction Control... and except in the wet, it doesn't miss it...
the rear end may be a bit 'waggy' but the Honda feels much better setup
than all the FWD MK4s to handle the power through the front wheels
properly.
 

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Best form of traction control is your right foot at the end of the day!

My CooperS has got Dynamic Stability control on it (BMW's version of
ESP) and it hardly ever bothers to come on, even when you hammer it..

The only times it really kicks in are when you do something *seriously*
silly or if you try and pull out round a bend on a loose surface. TBH,
it doesn't really need it.

I guess that Honda figured that if someone wants to buy a CTR, they
know what they're doing behind the wheel. Fair play I say. I survived
over a year of chipped 200hp fun with my GTI and it didn't have or need
traction control[:D]

A decent car like the Mini, the GTI, the CTR or the Focus doesn't
really need it if the driver has a brain and a decent set of tyres!
 

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10 seconds faster round the nurdburg ring though............than a focus RS!!

Cant wait to see it on top gear.......should hammer the scubaru impreza round their test track
 

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"Duratec engine" - read Volvo T5 unit

The engine is excellent - I have it in my T5 - very torquey and pulls very hard to the redline

Sounds great too - 5 cyls growl and a turbo whooshing [:D]
 

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Also I think to get big gains you would have to change the turbo - 250bhp is as much as you'll get with just a remap
 

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Well mmuuzzyy,you may well have opened a can of worms saying that the Focus St may well be quicker that a Golf GTI,do you not know how protective some people on here are of are of certain badges??

At the end of the day though,a good car,is a good car,and i think the new ST may be an absolute blinder to drive,as i used to have a Focus Rs and it was fantastic,yes the interior colour scheme was a bit lairy,but this has been addressed on the St,so other than weather you personally like the look/shape of a car or not,you cannot deny hard facts,like the lap a the Ring!!
 

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Wonder what the RS is gonna be like when it appears if thats the spec of the ST!!! [:O] Probably gonna be bloody quick!! [6]

Problem with fast fords though is the boy-racer interiors they love to put in em!! Love the way the old shape RS looks from the outside, but inside I felt it was suffering from a 'touch of the furry dice' syndrome..

Still be interesting to take one for a good blast though as they're probably pretty good. And in a couple of years you'll be able to pick em up for a tenner!![:D]
The new RS may never appear as I believe it has been shelved due to excess costs on the project. The original RS was pretty much sold at a loss and Ford don't want to replicate that.

Never say never though as Ford have stated that they'd not resurrect the RS before and look what happened.
 

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The last i heard,is that there will be no new RS,as a couple of mags recently have said the same thing,but i think in last months Evo mag,when they tested the ST and spoke to Fords head honcho,he was a little candid about confirming or denying it,so there is still hope...................from me at least!!
 

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I know this is sad but, whats the MPG figures like? Just wondering if I could use it owing to my commute to work.
My S40 T5 Auto returns about 28mpg average at the moment - only done 1k miles

So a run-in Focus ST manual should easily do over 30mpg?
 

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Until you start putting your foot down!!!

My RS when i was enjoying it (which was ALL the time)used to average about 18mpg....................and that was a 2 litre four pot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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