The new Ford Focus ST will offer “the most responsive and agile Focus ST driving experience ever, on road and track”, according to the car maker, thanks to the model’s new C2 platform.
On sale in the summer, this latest Focus ST is offered as a five-door hatch or estate, in petrol or diesel variants, and with a host of new technology derived from halo models such as the Ford GT supercar and the Mustang.
It is the first front-wheel-drive Ford to get an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD), intended to enhance cornering stability. Rev-matching technology is available with the six-speed manual gearbox. A seven-speed automatic is also available.
Selectable drive modes are another first for the Focus ST. They comprise Slippery/Wet, Normal and Sport, plus a Track mode for versions equipped with the Performance pack. The drive modes adjust various parameters, including the ST’s electric steering, which is Ford’s fastest yet and 15% faster than a standard Focus’s.