2019 FORD FOCUS ST

Ford has unveiled its new Focus ST and it brings a fresh approach to the ST. The biggest change would be up front where the 184Kw 2.0l turbo motor is being replaced by a detuned version of the 2.3 EcoBoost found in the Mustang and previous focus RS. This has given the ST a boost in power to 205kw and 420N.M (up from 360N.M). Ford claims it will the Focus slip under the 6-second mark for the 0-100 sprint.

For the first time, the Focus ST will have a seven-speed automatic box as an option. An electronically limited slip differential is standard, which can distribute all the power to the wheel with the most traction. Optional performance pack includes rev-matching on the manual 6 speed.

The ST now includes drive modes in the form of wet, normal and sport,each controlling different aspects of the drive experience. The performance pack option includes an additional Track mode. Track mode will adjust suspension using Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping system, alter steering, throttle and eDiff response

In Sport and Track modes there is an anti-lag system keeping the turbo spooled to alleviate turbo lag making the car more responsive.

The interior boasts Recaro bucket seats and a couple of ST badges to differentiate it from base cars. The exterior gets the typical ST treatment with spoilers, side skirts and unique 18″ or 19″ rims. With spy shots of the VW golf 8 lurking about it will be interesting to see how it stacks up to the current GTI. This way VW will know what they need to do with the new GTI.

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