The updated Ford Focus ST has gone on sale, with prices starting from £22,195 – £100 less than the outgoing model.
Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, the facelifted ST features chassis improvements and reduced emissions, and is available in diesel form for the first time.
Engine options include Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which produces 247bhp and 295lb ft. With this engine the Focus ST can reach a top speed of 154mph, while the 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 6.5 seconds. The firm claims average fuel economy of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.
The new 2.0-litre TDCi diesel produces 182bhp at 3500rpm and 295lb ft. The diesel ST's top speed is stated to be 135mph, its 0-62mph time 8.1 seconds. It returns a claimed 67.3 and emits 110g/km of CO2.
Start-Stop has also been introduced for the first time. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission.
Entry-level ST-1 models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, Ford’s ST body kit, air conditioning, keyless start and Ford’s SYNC infotainment system. Mid-range ST-2 models, which start from £23,695, additionally feature Recaro sports seats, LED DRLs, automatic headlights and wipers and dual-zone climate control.
Range-topping ST-3 versions cost from £25,995, and feature upgraded infotainment software, heated front seats, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
First deliveries of the updated Focus ST, which is available in both five-door hatchback and estate forms, are expected in February 2015.
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