At the Los Angeles Auto Show Ford showed off its new high performance 2012 Ford Focus ST the United States has been waiting for. For the first time, one common Focus ST model is being developed and built for worldwide markets.
The Focus ST development program is administered by Ford’s global performance vehicles group, which comprises Team RS (Europe) and SVT (U.S.) engineers, who are dedicated to developing and tuning products like the formidable Focus RS, Shelby GT500 and F-150 SVT Raptor. Because this is a worldwide model, it will wear the ST badge, where America only performance vehicles will wear the SVT badge.
Powering Focus ST is a high-output derivative of the efficient new 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4 engine. This advanced EcoBoost engine is being specially developed for the new Focus ST to ensure that the car gets the muscular performance – and inspirational sound – that it deserves. It also marks the first application of the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in a high-performance model.
This engine features specially designed intake and exhaust systems and a unique calibration to deliver the desired level of power and responsiveness. The engine retains robust torque delivery – a signature attribute of Ford EcoBoost designs – and a strong torque curve over a broad range.
One of a completely new generation of downsized, high-efficiency, low-CO2 engines from Ford, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is a lightweight, all-aluminum design that combines three technologies – high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) – to create an advanced combustion system that brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to engines in this power range.
The standard transmission for Focus ST is a six-speed manual gearbox, optimized with sporting ratios carefully matched to the performance characteristics of the EcoBoost engine.
Genuine performance and handling
The global performance vehicle specialists have a mission: to ensure the new Focus ST delivers pure performance and handling to exceed the expectations of the global automotive enthusiast community.
Focus ST will feature a comprehensive range of enhancements including a lowered chassis, high-performance brakes and unique suspension tuning that will enable the vehicle to deliver exceptional handling and agility.
ST will benefit from the performance improvements being delivered by the next-generation Focus vehicle architecture. Features like a stronger, stiffer body structure, optimized front and rear suspension system designs, and a new variable-ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system all contribute to superior vehicle dynamics and improved refinement.
Focus ST drivers will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented level of smart new technologies, including advanced new driver assistance, powertrain, chassis and active safety features.
Many of these features, such as the advanced new torque vectoring control system – which acts like a limited-slip differential to enhance cornering stability and agility – have a direct impact on taking sportive driving quality to an even higher level.
“The technology on the Focus ST will provide enthusiasts with an exceptional driving experience,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles.
The new Focus ST features a highly distinctive sports exterior, providing significant functional and aerodynamic benefits and clearly differentiating ST from other models in the new Focus family.
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