It does 0-60mph in 5.0sec, 165mph, and we've driven it. Click here to read more
20 November 2007

How much power is too much? It’s always been a tricky one to answer, this. In a supercar, 987bhp is now an acceptable amount from the Bugatti Veyron; in an AMG Mercedes, we barely bat an eyelid at upwards of 600bhp. However, in a front-driven Ford Focus at least, Autocar’s going on the record in saying that 356bhp is too much. Much too much. Last week, we were lucky enough to get a go in a Ford Focus ST tuned to a frankly incredible 356bhp and 380lb ft of torque; Brodie Brittain Racing’s ST-350. Here was a car that sounded like nothing since Walter Rohrl’s Audi Sport Quattro S1 rally car. When it gripped, it accelerated like almost nothing with a price tag under £50,000. The trouble was, in less than perfect road conditions, that grip came all too seldom, and when it did arrive it was often impossible to exploit. The ST-350 was a car than left us stunned. So is it the unofficial Ford Focus RS? Click here to find out.

Our Verdict

Ford Focus 2011-2014

Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers, or have its traditional rivals managed to perfect the formula?

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Our Verdict

Ford Focus 2011-2014

Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers, or have its traditional rivals managed to perfect the formula?

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week