Not long ago I was out in California test driving the new 2012 Ford Focus, a car that I liked very much. It had a great chassis, superb road manners, while at the same time delivering a good value for your dollar. The one problem though was that its 160 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder simply didn’t have enough grunt for my taste. Now keep in mind that Ford will be releasing the new 2012 Ford Focus ST at the end of the year, a car that many hot-hatch enthusiasts are patiently waiting for. Recently I was taking a stroll over at “>VWVortex.com when I spied a few photos that a member had taken of what he believed was pre-production 2012 Focus ST.
If the reports are correct then the new Focus ST will have a turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 247 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque through a traditional six-speed manual. The spy shots are pretty dead-on from the more aggressive cloaked front end to the center exit exhaust. So… whatcha’ think, is this the 2012 Ford Focus ST or not?