New look for turbocharged Focus ST
28 April 2008

Ford has launched the facelifted 2008 version of its performance hatch, the Focus ST. Created by TeamRS, Ford’s dedicated performance vehicle division, the 2008 Focus ST sports the exterior revisions that the Focus line-up received earlier this year, including newly designed headlight clusters, body panels and tail lights.The 221bhp, 2.5-litre, turbocharged five-cylinder Duratec engine still provides the grunt so the Focus still cracks 0-62mph in a shade under seven seconds and can hit a top speed of 150mph.There are three trim levels on offer - ST, ST2 and ST3 - in three or five-door hatchback form, priced from £18,250 to £20,850. Each model gets 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels, Recaro sports seats, a multi-function steering wheel and upgraded instrumentation as standard.Upgrading to ST2 trim adds a Sony audio system, bi-xenon headlights, LED tail lights and a heated windscreen. If you’re really flush then get the range-topping ST3, which adds an in-dash six-CD autochanger and full leather trim to the kit listed above.If that’s not enough there are optional extras such as tyre pressure monitoring, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation with SD card slot.The revised Focus ST goes on sale at dealerships across the UK from 1 May.

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28 April 2008

With the new tax system kicking in I can see these types of cars coming to an end. Who would pay £400 a year for what is essentially a very common car??

28 April 2008

Very smart, although I'm not sure the stripes would make it sufficiently inconspicuous to allow much rapid progress. Pity they don't do an estate version of the ST, my dog won't fit in the back of the hatch very easily, I'd definitely consider one of those.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

28 April 2008

Get a Mondeo or an SMAX with the same engine. I tried an ST. Super car. Really good.

28 April 2008

Why is it written that these will be available from the 1st of May? A bloke I work with has had the new shape ST for around 2 months?

29 April 2008

[quote DavidVXR]

Why is it written that these will be available from the 1st of May? A bloke I work with has had the new shape ST for around 2 months?[/quote]

I saw one in blue yesterday, so they must already be available.

29 April 2008

On a related topic - what's happened to the Powershift (DSG) box? Seen no road tests. Production problems?

29 April 2008

I'd buy one. I reckon, the residuals will drop to new lows making them cheaper to buy and the tax will be a minor cost in comparison!

Win. Providing you are buying used. Buying new though I see your point. Especially as the special edition Golfs are a lot more economical for the same power (but more expensive)

18 May 2008

Chavtastic!!! It may drive well, but you'd look a complete nobby driving around in that, a bit of a Daz and Shaz car. I think VW have got the Golf GTI right in it's maturity, if not quite perfect on the styling.

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