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In Jay Leno’s Garage: 2013 Ford Focus ST – Video 24
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Ford Focus ST, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, video on 09 24th, 2013
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We had a great experience with the new 6-speed manual 252 horsepower 2013 Ford Focus ST and we relinquished all of our thoughts in review of the Focus ST several months ago. Jay Leno, known for getting his hands on most of the hottest vehicles around, gets to give his synopsis of the new Focus ST with an exclusive test drive around town. Hit up the video below and see what he has to say along with Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi.



Report: Ford Focus RS Hot-Hatch Likely To Make it Stateside in 2015 6
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Focus ST, News on 02 6th, 2013
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The Ford Focus RS has always been Ford’s savior when it comes to having something to put all other hot-hatchbacks to shame. Over many years here in the states we anticipated such a vehicle making it to our side of the pond but with no luck. Recently we got the Focus ST, a rather nice FWD performance hatch but it still isn’t the Focus RS.

A recent report from Britain’s Autocar makes a daring allegation that the RS is a sure thing along with some special Focus RS renderings. The Autocar report never specifies a named source for their claim, which hints at the Ford Focus RS making it to the United States in 2015.

Some sources at Car and Driver, after getting all flustered by Autocar’s accusations, have set out their own investigative forces to pick the minds of Ford who have slowly leaked subtle information – what is thought to be in hopes of influencing corporate decisions to approve future products. With that said, Ford is making moves to introduce new global platforms of their vehicles, which basically reach many shores without too much deviation from its original design. That means if there is a Ford Focus RS in the works, which Car and Driver believes there is, it will make it state side along with the globalized next-generation Edge and Mustang.

Hopefully we can get some additional details and more confirmation on a potential state-side Ford Focus RS as we all dig into this new report.



Nurburgring in the USA: Car and Driver Intros 2013 Lightning Lap Contenders at VIR – Video 24
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Camaro ZL1, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, 2013 Camaro 1LE, audi, Audi RS5, Audi S6, Automotive, BMW, BMW 335i, BMW M5, BMW M6, Caprice, Car and Driver, Chevrolet, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Editorial, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Fiat, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Ford Shelby GT500, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Jaguar, Jaguar XKRS, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG, porsche, Porsche-911, Shelby, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, video, VIR on 01 24th, 2013
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Ever since lap times at the Nurburgring became a benchmark for a vehicle’s over-all performance, there has been a need to find a ‘benchmark’ track in the USA. Car and Driver, along with many other enthusiasts, think we already have such a track, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

Virginia International Raceway seems to be the ideal choice for testing a vehicle’s over-all performance dynamics. With the elevation changes, the Grand West Course’s 4.1 miles, 28 turns and proven effectiveness to challenge experienced race car drivers, VIR is the ideal home-grown Nurburgring. Car and Driver sets out to VIR for their Lightning Lap annual track torture test and brings us the official preview to the dueling test along with a run-down of the contenders. Enjoy the video below!



2013 Ford Focus ST Review & Test Drive 11
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Ford Focus ST, Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Test Drives on 01 11th, 2013

The all-new 2013 Ford Focus ST has put Ford well into the hot-hatch game with their brightly shining and highly anticipated hot-hatchback star. With a sharp focus on performance, no pun intended, the new Focus ST exudes front-wheel-drive performance at its best in functional hatchback package.

The new 2013 Ford Focus ST is something that I would have jumped at the chance to purchase during my late teen and early adult-hood years, if such a thing were available. The boy-racer aptitude of the Focus ST is surely present as it somewhat departs from the sophistication of its competitors. But don’t let that distract you from its 252 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs. of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The powerplant for the Focus ST is the ‘fast’ beating heart of a vehicle that has the moves to match whatever rpm-rhythm thrown at its chassis.

The handling dynamics of Ford’s new Focus ST pocket-rocket are among the best in the market for a front-wheel-drive vehicle, especially one with 4 doors and a rear hatch. Driving the new 2013 Ford Focus ST you will come to know that Ford engineers did their homework on most aspects of turning out a vehicle capable of daily commutes, as well as weekend track days. Possibly one particular cue that may have been an afterthought, is the abundance of torque steer you get when the surge of all 270 ft. lbs. of torque kicks in around 2,500 rpm. Torque steer is not only noticeable, it is notorious.  Torque steer from the new Focus ST, however, is not a complete deal breaker for me as it should not distract potential consumers, because this hot-hatch has the over-all performance to overshadow this minor drawback.

Acceleration in the new Focus ST comes on strong and carries through until about 500 rpm short of redline. As a common characteristic of turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2.0-liter starts to gasp around 6,200 rpm. Though, there is a large enough sweet spot in the rpm band to keep you well-entertained even with a slight patch of turbo lag until it reaches 2,500 rpm. The Focus ST pulls hard with authority, well enough to have the front 235/40 18-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 tires begging for mercy and the tendency to shutter with a bit of axle hop, if you are not careful. Basically, you can light up the front tires at the drop of a dime placing a large smile on your face after the front wheels hook up. Be sure to hold down the traction control button for a few seconds to fully disengage stability and traction control. Just pressing the button will put the Focus ST into Sport mode, which is allows some extra lateral slide but starts to clamp the brakes down on the front wheels in between your money shifts.

The 6-speed manual transmission, the only one offered on the new 2013 Focus ST, is a joy to row through all gears with somewhat of an assuring direct feel. Shifts are easy to precisely land every time while the nicely weighted flywheel keeps the engine hanging onto its momentum just as it should.

All of the performance qualities of the new Focus ST can be had with an economical sound mind in knowing that the 2.0-liter force-fed 4-cylinder engine gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg highway. Though, the Focus ST makes you want to drive like a hoon, so I only saw an average of 21 mpg around town and a nearly EPA estimate matching 31 mpg on the highway.

Handling is a mastered balancing act in the new Focus ST, getting an astonishing average of 0.96 g in lateral acceleration tests. You can push it around with a slight kick out of the rear end and still nail your anticipated apex without breaking too much of a sweat. Understeer is present as expected but is kept to a minimum. How did you do it Ford?

The steering rack is extremely quick, almost razor sharp with the slightest movement nudging the front wheels in your desired direction. With such a quick rack, steering turn-travel lock-to-lock is among the shortest of performance vehicles currently on the market. Road feedback through the electric steering is good, though with an abundance of torque steer, you would guess that the Focus ST’s steering wheel is one of the strongest force-feedback sets you can find for the latest gaming system. Aside from the torque steer, steering dynamics are ideal for track use, even if the steering assist is supposed to counteract torque steer when the ECU detects it. Basically, any noticeable counteraction from the assist gives you an unnatural feel as it tends to boost your effort to steer in the opposite direction. With that said, ‘torque-steer correction’ is non-existent -so plant your paws firmly on the padded-leather-wrapped steering wheel at all times.

Any relatively high-horsepower front-wheel-drive car deserves the looks to go with its capabilities. Ford has left nothing to really be desired in this forefront as the Focus ST is unmistakable for being something different and special. From my test vehicles visually loud ‘Tangerine Scream’ paint color and center-mounted exhaust, to the color-accented Recaro bucket seats and large bass-mouthed grill, the Focus ST is a head-turner. Don’t worry, if you are not fond of my test vehicle’s yellowish Tangerine Scream exterior color and seat color scheme, Ford offers 5 other color options to choose from: Performance Blue, Race Red, Ingot Silver, Oxford White and Tuxedo Black.

Inside of the new 2013 Focus ST is a familiar dashboard layout, much like the new Ford Escape CUV of which these vehicles share some underpinnings and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine on certain trims levels. Much of the interior uses plastics that really do not pretend to be anything other than plastic. Though the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system adds substance to what would otherwise be a boring dashboard apart from quickly-sweeping red rpm and speedometer needles. With every new generation of the MyFord Touch system I find it to be better than before with faster processing of inputs, once the major qualm among consumers. Controls are easily dialed-in with the slight exception of the MyFord Touch interface. Still, despite the upgrades and improvements made by engineers, MyFord Touch can be somewhat of a cumbersome interface. As an example, the buttons require precise inputs from your fingers as there is not much room for error within a half-inch space on some on-screen buttons. In-all, the system works well and I totally get where they are trying to go with it but have not quite crossed that finish line. It is more of a white flag deal headed for a photo finish here.

The seating positions in the new Ford Focus ST are ideal for track use. The Recaro buckets with their loud body-color accented bolsters are aggressive in their approach to supporting your body. Basically, the bolsters are not friendly to those with a posterior wider than your average skinny jeans-wearing person. Though, the seats provide exceptional lateral support almost hugging you like your favorite aunt. In a nutshell, the seats perfectly match the Focus ST’s handling abilities and performance-edged style.

For obvious reasons, the new Ford Focus ST is a deviation from the normal run-of-the-mill Focus sedan and hatchback models. Making the choice for the Focus ST to be a hatchback makes perfect sense considering its target demographic and direct competitors, such as the MazdaSpeed3 and VW Golf R. Looking past the new Focus ST having the most torque steer out of its competition, it has a slight edge with its performance numbers. Although, the new MazdaSpeed3 plays catch-up in straight-line performance tests, the Focus ST gets up to 60 mph in just under 6 seconds.

My loaded-up 2013 Ford Focus ST test vehicle has an as-tested price of $28,290 including a $796 destination and delivery charge. The added options on my test vehicle included the Equipment Group 201A (MyFord Touch system with added GPS navigation option, Sony sound system, Sirius radio and dual-zone climate control), and the tri-coat Tangerine Scream paint job.

The all-new 2013 Ford Focus ST is the return of an American pocket-rocket with the added European refinement that cumulates practicality and a spicy blend of performance. With a low starting price point at just $23,700, you would be hard pressed to find anything that can compete in its class and performance bracket for a lower price of admission.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Focus ST $23,700 / As-Tested $28,290
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC Turbocharged 4-cylinder 252 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm / 270 ft-lbs. torque @ 2,500 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 104.3in.
  • Total length: 171.7in.
  • Total width: 71.8in.
  • Total height: 58.4in.
  • Track: f/r-61.2/60.4in.
  • Fuel tank: 12.1 gallons
  • Turning circle: 39.4 ft.
  • Headroom: f/r-39.1/37.9in.
  • Legroom: f/r-43.1/33.4in.
  • Rear Cargo Capacity (seats in place): 23.8cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,150lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 23 mpg/city, 32 mpg/highway


Report: Car and Driver Names 2013 10Best Cars 4
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 10Best Cars, audi, Audi A6, Automotive, BMW, BMW 3-series, Car and Driver, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus ST, Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang Boss 302, honda, Honda Accord, honda-fit, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, porsche, Porsche Boxster, Scion, Scion FR-S, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen GTI on 12 4th, 2012

Even though today’s media culture has up-rooted itself from the traditional paper-print media, some of the original automotive publications remain to be a valid staple in determining benchmark vehicles. Car and Driver, who has properly rooted themselves on the internet and in digital form, have named their list of 2013 10Best Cars.

For many years manufacturers have prided themselves in making Car and Driver’s 10Best list. Some have taken the crown home many times for the same vehicle for over a decade. Having a consistent base for testing and giving virtually the same vehicles lineup a chance to join the elite has always been part of the 10Best car competition.

Below is a full list of all of Nominees as well as the winners for Car and Driver’s 2013 10Best Cars.

THE NOMINEES

NOMINEES CONSIST OF ALL-NEW CARS, 2012 10BEST WINNERS, CARS THAT WERE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2012 COMPETITION, AND THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT UPDATES. ALL CARS MUST FALL UNDER OUR BASE-PRICE CAP OF $80,000 AND BE ON SALE IN JANUARY 2013.
Acura ILX • Audi Allroad • Audi A6/A7 • Audi A6 2.0T* • Audi A8 TDI* • Audi A8 3.0T • Audi RS5 • Audi S5 • Audi S6/S7 • BMW ActiveHybrid 3* • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 • BMW X1 • BMW 135is* • BMW 3-series • BMW 528i • BMW 640i coupe/Gran Coupe • Buick Verano 2.0T • Cadillac ATS • Cadillac CTS-V • Cadillac XTS • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 •Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible • Chevrolet Impala* • Chevrolet Malibu • Chevrolet Spark • Dodge Dart • Fiat 500 Turbo/Abarth • Ford C-Max hybrid • Ford C-Max Energi* • Ford Focus/ST/Electric • Ford Fusion • Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 • Ford Shelby GT500 • Ford Taurus EcoBoost 2.0 • Honda Accord • Honda Fit/EV • Hyundai Azera •Hyundai Elantra coupe/GT • Hyundai Genesis coupe • Hyundai Veloster Turbo • Jaguar XF*/XF 3.0* • Jaguar XJ 3.0 • Lexus ES • Lexus GS • Lexus LS* • Mazda MX-5 Miata • Mercedes-Benz C350 • Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec/E400 hybrid*/E550 coupe • Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG • Mini Cooper Roadster • Mitsubishi i-MiEV* • Nissan Altima • Nissan Sentra • Porsche Boxster • Scion FR-S • Scion iQ • Subaru BRZ • Subaru XV Crosstrek • Tesla Model S* • Toyota Avalon* • Toyota Prius C/V • Toyota Yaris • Volkswagen Beetle convertible* • Volkswagen Golf/ GTI/Golf R • Volvo S60 T5 AWD*

The Winners of the 2013 Car and Driver 10Best Cars

  • Audi A6 3.0T/S6/A7 3.0T/S7
  • BMW 3-Series Sedan
  • Ford Focus/Focus ST
  • Ford Mustang GT/BOSS 302
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Fit
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Porsche Boxster/Boxster S
  • Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI


Report: Car and Driver Names 2013 10Best Cars 4
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 10Best Cars, audi, Audi A6, Automotive, BMW, BMW 3-series, Car and Driver, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus ST, Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang Boss 302, honda, Honda Accord, honda-fit, Mazda, Mazda MX-5, porsche, Porsche Boxster, Scion, Scion FR-S, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen GTI on 12 4th, 2012

Even though today’s media culture has up-rooted itself from the traditional paper-print media, some of the original automotive publications remain to be a valid staple in determining benchmark vehicles. Car and Driver, who has properly rooted themselves on the internet and in digital form, have named their list of 2013 10Best Cars.

For many years manufacturers have prided themselves in making Car and Driver’s 10Best list. Some have taken the crown home many times for the same vehicle for over a decade. Having a consistent base for testing and giving virtually the same vehicles lineup a chance to join the elite has always been part of the 10Best car competition.

Below is a full list of all of Nominees as well as the winners for Car and Driver’s 2013 10Best Cars.

THE NOMINEES

NOMINEES CONSIST OF ALL-NEW CARS, 2012 10BEST WINNERS, CARS THAT WERE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2012 COMPETITION, AND THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT UPDATES. ALL CARS MUST FALL UNDER OUR BASE-PRICE CAP OF $80,000 AND BE ON SALE IN JANUARY 2013.
Acura ILX • Audi Allroad • Audi A6/A7 • Audi A6 2.0T* • Audi A8 TDI* • Audi A8 3.0T • Audi RS5 • Audi S5 • Audi S6/S7 • BMW ActiveHybrid 3* • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 • BMW X1 • BMW 135is* • BMW 3-series • BMW 528i • BMW 640i coupe/Gran Coupe • Buick Verano 2.0T • Cadillac ATS • Cadillac CTS-V • Cadillac XTS • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 •Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible • Chevrolet Impala* • Chevrolet Malibu • Chevrolet Spark • Dodge Dart • Fiat 500 Turbo/Abarth • Ford C-Max hybrid • Ford C-Max Energi* • Ford Focus/ST/Electric • Ford Fusion • Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 • Ford Shelby GT500 • Ford Taurus EcoBoost 2.0 • Honda Accord • Honda Fit/EV • Hyundai Azera •Hyundai Elantra coupe/GT • Hyundai Genesis coupe • Hyundai Veloster Turbo • Jaguar XF*/XF 3.0* • Jaguar XJ 3.0 • Lexus ES • Lexus GS • Lexus LS* • Mazda MX-5 Miata • Mercedes-Benz C350 • Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec/E400 hybrid*/E550 coupe • Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG • Mini Cooper Roadster • Mitsubishi i-MiEV* • Nissan Altima • Nissan Sentra • Porsche Boxster • Scion FR-S • Scion iQ • Subaru BRZ • Subaru XV Crosstrek • Tesla Model S* • Toyota Avalon* • Toyota Prius C/V • Toyota Yaris • Volkswagen Beetle convertible* • Volkswagen Golf/ GTI/Golf R • Volvo S60 T5 AWD*

The Winners of the 2013 Car and Driver 10Best Cars

  • Audi A6 3.0T/S6/A7 3.0T/S7
  • BMW 3-Series Sedan
  • Ford Focus/Focus ST
  • Ford Mustang GT/BOSS 302
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Fit
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Porsche Boxster/Boxster S
  • Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI


Edmunds Tests The Ford Focus ST: Video 3
Oct
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Kurt, video on 10 3rd, 2012

If you buy into all the hype surrounding the new Ford Focus ST, it’s the greatest thing to hit the hot hatch segment since the debut of the original VW GTI some 35 years ago. Comparisons to others in the segment, such as the Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 and the VW GTI, are inevitable, and (on paper, anyway) the Focus looks like a front-runner for best in category.

Or does it? As this video from Edmunds illustrates, the Focus ST has its strong points (handling, lateral grip), but it has its weak points as well (0-60 time, for example). While we’d certainly recommend shopping the Focus ST alongside others in the category, we’d reserve throwing cash down on one until you have the opportunity to compare all side by side.

Also, we know this is semantics, but testing a car in a parking lot isn’t our idea of “track testing.” Sure, you can generate data on a lot of variables, but what enthusiasts really want to know is how quickly a car can lap a given racetrack. With a budget like that of Edmunds’, we’d think a side by side comparison of the Focus ST, Mazdaspeed 3 and VW GTI at a racetrack of its choosing would be even more informative.



Ford Confirms Next Generation Focus RS, But Don’t Expect It Here 8
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Focus ST, Kurt, News on 08 8th, 2011

The 2010 Ford Focus RS Mountune. Image: Ford Motor Company

First the good news: Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global head of small cars, has confirmed that the much-revered Ford Focus RS will be back for a third generation, and it may produce as much as 350 horsepower from its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Now the bad news: if you want to get your hands on one, you’d best live somewhere other than the United States, which will probably have to make due with the upcoming Ford Focus ST. The Focus RS, we’re told, is “too expensive” and “too narrowly targeted” to appeal to U.S. buyers.

Hermann also shot down rumors that the next generation Focus RS would switch to all-wheel-drive instead of the front-wheel-drive used on previous versions. Ford’s “Revoknuckle” suspension does an admirable job of limiting torque steer, and Focus RS models also include a torque-biasing Quaife limited-slip differential to get the power to the ground. While AWD would improve traction, it would also increase the car’s weight, complexity and cost.

There’s no word on when the lucky bastards in the rest of the world will see the new Focus RS, but my guess is in 2013 as a 2014 model. In the meantime, those of us on this side of the pond are counting down the days until Ford launches the 250-horsepower Focus ST in the United States. The automaker hasn’t given us specifics, but I’d be willing to bet that the 2012 Ford Focus ST will be launched at next year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Editor’s Note: We incorrectly attributed the origination of this story to Left Lane News, instead of Drive.com.au, who first published it. Our apologies to the Drive.com staff, and we promise to buy a round in reparation next time we’re in Sydney.

Source: Drive.com.au via Left Lane News



Ford’s Focus ST Begins Prototype Testing 11
May
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Focus, Ford, Ford Focus ST, News on 05 11th, 2011

Ford's Focus ST, in the wild. Image: Ford Motor Company

By the end of this year’s One Lap of America, I was already starting to think about running the event next year. None of my current cars would be ideal, so I began thinking about the perfect car for a first year competitor. Brock Yates, Jr., who organizes the event, was enthusiastic about the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works, but their reliability record isn’t quite as good as Trabant’s. The Mazdaspeed3 would be a valid choice, since it offers decent power, reasonable handling, good cargo capacity and a low price. Still, some Mazdaspeed3 variants on the event ran into mechanical problems when pushed hard, and I simply can’t get past the ugly seat fabric. Then it hit me: the ideal car to run One Lap of America as a first time entrant will be the Ford Focus ST.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Here’s the good news: as these pictures show, the Focus ST is now undergoing real-world testing in Europe and in North America. Some sixty test mules are currently being flogged to the point of failure, simply to see what breaks first. Equally important, the data captured will be used to fine-tune the car’s performance, handling and driving dynamics. There’s a lot riding on the launch of the Focus ST, since it represents Ford’s first global performance car; get it right, and it paves the way for future vehicles. Get it wrong, and you’ll end up with inventory that dealers can’t move.

Just in case you need a reminder, the Focus ST will have a 2.0-liter Ecoboost four, good for 246 horsepower. To maximize both performance and steering feel, the car will come equipped with Ford’s EPAS Electric Power Assist Steering, and will use brake based torque-vectoring to emulate the effects of a limited slip differential. If early footage of base Focus models on the track is any indication, the Focus ST will be quite impressive despite it’s front engine, front drive architecture.

Here’s the down side: no one knows when the Focus ST will hit the market, or even what the price point will be. There’s speculation that it will start under $30k, and I’ve heard some people say “early 2012” for an arrival date. If I’m going to be driving one in next year’s One Lap, it’s got to be in dealerships no later than March of 2012, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.



Video: 2012 Ford Focus ST In Motion 18
Oct
Posted by Larry in Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Focus ST, video on 10 18th, 2010

Ford has released a new video of the upcoming 2012 Focus ST sporting its 2.0-liter Turbocharged EcoBoost engine with 247 horsepower.

Since we can’t get the Focus RS500 in America, we will have to settle for the Focus ST which is not really a bad deal considering it will be the newest pocket rocket to hit our shores. In the video below Ford showcases the Focus ST in the same ‘Tangerine Scream’ color that you may have seen from previous photos and at the Paris Motor Show this year.Look for the 2012 Focus ST to go on sale in the States early 2012.








Too bad we don’t get to hear the engine but it is still an enjoying video to watch. Enjoy!

[source: Ford]



Ford Focus ST Concept to be Showcased in Paris 16
Sep
Posted by Alex Ion in Concept car news, EcoBoost, faux carbon fiber trim, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Paris Motor Show on 09 16th, 2010

Ford will be introducing its Focus ST concept at the Paris Motor Show. The ST possesses an aerodynamic body kit, huge air intake, ‘Tangerine Scream’ paint, and a center-mounted dual exhaust system.

The interior is not exempt from the styling and has a cockpit with two-tone leather sport seats, contrast stitching, and faux carbon fiber trim. Although the public has been told that the vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 250 PS (184 kW / 247 hp), Ford is keeping other specifications a secret until the big reveal.

A statement from the company says that the car provides a heady cocktail of ‘exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound’

Also, the vehicle is the first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy. Though this sounds like it means that the car will be available in the US, this has not been confirmed yet. More information will be released on September 30th, and the car will be available on the market in 2011.



247 Horsepower Ford Focus ST To Debut at Paris Auto Show 15
Sep
Posted by Larry in Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Focus ST, News on 09 15th, 2010

We beg for performance in America, the land of where we can have our cake and eat it too which is why we wanted so bad to get the Focus RS to the states. Since we can’t have it we will have to settle for a 247hp Ford Focus ST which is set to debut at the upcoming Paris Auto Show on September 30th and will be sold globally including the Americas.

Even though the 2012 Ford Focus ST is not as aggressive as the Focus RS, the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-banger should tide us over with a total output of 247hp. View the full press release for the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus ST.




2012 Ford Focus ST Press Release

HIGH PERFORMANCE ST TOPS NEW FORD FOCUS LINEUP FOR PARIS MOTOR SHOW LAUNCH

  • Exciting new next-generation Ford Focus gears up for Paris launch of full production-ready range of bodystyles, displayed together for the first time
  • Global reveal of new high-performance 250PS Focus ST for 2012 launch
  • New Mondeo and C-MAX ranges on show
  • Ford accelerates efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with high-efficiency ECOnetic technologies and Electrification feature displays

Cologne, September 15, 2010 – The exciting new next-generation Ford Focus range is the star attraction in Ford Motor Company’s display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30.

For the first time, the complete global Ford Focus line-up of three production-ready dynamic bodystyles will be displayed together, providing customers with a full insight into this significant new model before it goes on sale in Europe and North America early in 2011.

Ford is also delivering on its promise to introduce a global performance version of the new Focus with a world premiere for the exciting flagship of the range, the muscular 250PS Focus ST. The dramatic new ST will launch in early 2012 and will be revealed on September 30 at the Ford stand by Alan Mulally, Ford’s President and CEO, and Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

First Global Product

The formal launch of the full production-ready Focus range in Paris is highly significant for Ford, as it signals the introduction of the first truly global product developed under the Company’s ONE Ford strategy.

The Focus is Ford’s most significant car range globally. Developed at Ford’s Global Centre of Excellence for Small Cars in Germany, for sale in over 120 markets worldwide, the next-generation model is the most important Focus yet and is created from Ford Motor Company’s new global C segment platform with up to 80 per cent parts commonality globally. This platform will underpin at least ten vehicles around the world and account for some two million units of annual production by 2012.

With the complete range of three bodystyles on display in Paris for the first time – sporty five-door, elegant four-door and stylish wagon – show goers will have an exclusive opportunity to see and experience the car’s individual design and class leading technology first hand.

New Focus promises to be the smartest car in the C-segment and is packed with more affordable technologies and features than customers ever before in this segment, the next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, outstanding fuel economy, and takes the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.

Previewing the exciting new Focus ST

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ford Motor Company’s group vice president for Global Product Development, Derrick Kuzak, promised that an exciting new performance version of the next generation Ford Focus was in development.

At Paris, Ford is delivering on that promise by revealing an early preview model of the exciting next-generation Ford Focus ST. Targeted for launch in all global markets from early 2012, the all-new Ford Focus ST will be Ford’s first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy.

The new range-topping Focus – which features a unique 250PS version of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine – will be completely true to Ford’s ST heritage, offering driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound.

Visitors to the Paris display also cannot fail to notice the show car’s highly distinctive sports exterior, which is finished in ‘Tangerine Scream’, a dramatic new body colour that reflects the new ST’s exciting and energetic character.

New Mondeo and C-MAX on Display

Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus family will be five-door and wagon versions of the new Mondeo range, which was previewed at the recent Moscow International Automobile Salon. The Paris show sees the debut of the ultra- low CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic version. The Ford stand also showcases the latest S- MAX and Galaxy models which were launched earlier in 2010.

The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be represented by high series Titanium models fitted with a Ford EcoBoost 1.6-litre 180 PS petrol engine and the updated 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel. Bringing new levels of style and desirability to the compact Multi-Activity Vehicle (MAV) market, the all-new Ford C-MAX is the first production model using Ford’s exciting new global C-segment platform. The Grand C-MAX also goes on sale in North America in late 2011.

Lower CO2 Emissions Across the Ford Range

Ford is accelerating its efforts to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across its product range, and two important new entries to the Ford of Europe product portfolio are being displayed at Paris – the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic and the Ford Ka with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.

These new models follow the significant new developments which have already been introduced during 2010, including the launch of the new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine family and completely updated versions of the powerful yet highly fuel-efficient Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

Ford is also moving forward with its European electrification program and will be displaying for the first time the technology destined to drive its C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle, that will be produced at the Valencia plant in Spain and is due to go on sale in Europe in 2012. A version will also be sold in North America.

Along with the wider introduction of low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies such as Eco Mode and Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford of Europe is on track to surpass its goal of a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 2020, relative to a 2006 model year baseline.

“The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high- performance ST model, makes this Paris Show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant,” said Stephen Odell, Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe. “With the all-new C-MAX also on the Paris stand, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, it’s clear that the pace of change within Ford remains as impressive as ever.”

[Source: Ford]



Ferrari ‘Green’ California to go on Show at Paris Show 8
Sep
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, california, Ferrari, Ford Focus ST, green, Honda Civic Type-R, Upcoming Events on 09 8th, 2010

Ferrari is all set to introduce a ‘green’ California model at the Paris Motor Show. Although there are not too many details available, some reports say the vehicle will not be a hybrid. Instead, they say it is most likely to feature an improved direct injection system with low friction engine components, multi-cylinder deactivation, and regenerative braking.

Although this does not really qualify the car to be labeled green, Ferrari is already on the green wagon with announcements coming in about their plans to reduce emissions by up to 40% and improve fuel efficiency 30% in comparison with 2007 levels.

This is seen as the outcome of the stricter government standards that have been responsible for axing the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus ST. It is hoped that more details on the green California will emerge in the countdown to the Paris Show, if not, all will be revealed in the end of September!

(Via WCF)



New Ford Focus ST Debuts in Paris 27
Jul
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Focus, Focus ST, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus ST, paris on 07 27th, 2010

American auto manufacturer Ford will display its new 2012 Ford Focus ST in the upcoming Paris Auto Show in the month of October. The new model will feature a new EcoBoost engine that is likely to be similar to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines present in existing Ford models such as the Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo.

The EcoBoost unit in the next Focus ST could provide as much as 300 bhp of power and will employ the torque vectoring technology created by Ford to channel that power to the front wheels of the car and to help the car grip the road as much as possible.

The new Focus ST will also be capable of bursting from 0 to 100 kmph speeds in a matter of 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph (155 mph). It will also be more fuel efficient than the existing Focus ST model and is expected to release in 2011, after the Europe launch of the hatchback and wagon variant of the Ford Focus in April 2011.







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