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Ford To Update Focus ST Progress On Facebook 2
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Ford Focus ST, Automotive, Ford, Kurt, News, video on 09 2nd, 2011

Want an inside look at how the development of Ford’s Focus ST hot hatchback is coming along? You don’t need to have a contact at Ford’s SVT group, you just need to visit Ford’s Focus page on Facebook and “Like” the Focus.

Ford has had good success with social media on the launch of the Fiesta and the base-model Focus, so they’re applying the same tactic to the launch of the Focus ST. Ford will use Facebook to release updates, images and videos of the Focus ST undergoing development testing at their Lommel Proving Grounds in Belgium, track testing at the Nürburgring in Germany, and undergoing hot weather testing in Spain. The site will provide regular updates until the car’s launch in early 2012.

The Focus ST promises to be a serious competitor to the Mazdaspeed3 and the Volkswagen GTI. Powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the Focus ST is expected to make 247 horsepower, and will use Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control to mirror the effects of a limited slip front differential. In addition to “sufficient” power and stellar handling, the Focus ST is expected to be available with Ford’s Sync / MyFord Touch telematics system, making it the most driver-connected hot hatch on the market.

You can get a feel for the type of information Ford will be leaking in the video below.

Source: Ford

False Alarm: Ford Won’t Show Production Focus ST At Woodward 18
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Ford Focus ST, Automotive, Ford, Hot Hatchbacks, Kurt, News on 08 18th, 2011

The Focus ST show car. Image: Ford Motor Company

Yesterday’s rumor du jour had Ford debuting the new Focus ST at this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise. It turns out that a Focus ST will be on hand, but it’s the same pre-production show car that’s been making the rounds since last October’s Paris Motor Show. In other words, it’s just to look at and drool on, not to actually drive.

Ford will debut the real Focus ST at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, so we’re still just a few weeks away from seeing what the production car will look like. We expect Ford will announce pricing, availability and final specifications at Frankfurt, so stay tuned for details. If past history is any indication, Ford may opt to introduce the car in Europe first, followed by the United States. If that’s the case, let’s just hope the delay between launches isn’t too long.

What we think we know so far is this: the 2012 Focus ST will have a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine good for 247 horsepower, sent through a six speed manual transmission to the front wheels. We don’t think the Focus ST will have a “conventional” limited-slip differential, but will take advantage of Ford’s torque-vectoring technology to mirror the effects of an LSD without adding additional weight. Expect suspension tuning to be on the stiff side, since the Focus ST is intended to be a driver’s car, and expect the pricing to be competitive with others in the segment. We’ll call it “in the high twenties, low thirties” until Ford tells us otherwise.

Source: Ford