This car’s mission isn’t just to sell in the familiar, performance-savvy Western markets, but pretty much everywhere else, too. It is designed and developed to appeal to palates as different as those you’ll find in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and the all-important Chelmsford and Southend.
What’s more, the mechanicals are the same everywhere, from engine to suspension tune.
Relative to the previous Focus ST, the car has lost a cylinder, switching from turbocharged five-pot to four, and has dropped in capacity from 2.5 litres to just 2.0. But power has grown by a healthy margin, as has torque, while one of the previous car’s few disappointments – fuel economy – has been addressed.
This ST is alleged to go 20 percent further on a gallon of unleaded than the previous one, and nearly 40mpg is promised on the combined cycle. In that vein, it’s more deliberately cast as a more usable, practical and accessible performance car than it was. There is also the addition of a 2.0-litre diesel engine which produces 182bhp and 295lb ft and is capable of 135mph, but is capable of 40+mpg and produces a mere 110g/km of CO2.