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Ford Debuts 247 Horsepower Focus ST At Paris Motor Show

Posted in Auto Show, Cars, Ford, General, New Cars, Newsworthy, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | September 16th, 2010 | 4 Responses |
2012 Ford Focus ST

2012 Ford Focus ST in Tangerine Scream. Photo: Ford Motor Company

I’ll start off by saying that’s the good news. The better news? We’re getting it stateside, although I can’t tell you exactly when other than “early 2012”. You may recall that the current Focus ST, which made 225 horsepower, was killed off in the EU by the stricter Euro 5 emission standards. Ford promised a new model that would make us forget all about the old one, and it looks like they’ve hit the mark.

2012 Ford Focus ST

Photo: Ford Motor Company

The new Focus ST is the first vehicle developed under Ford’s global Performance Vehicles strategy, and it’s the first global sports car sold by Ford since the Ford / Mercury Capri of the early 1970s. The Focus ST will use a turbocharged 2.0 liter EcoBoost motor that puts out 247 horsepower. Per the Ford press release, it will be “completely true to Ford’s ST heritage”, which includes a trifecta of handling, performance and sound.

2012 Ford Focus ST

Photo: Ford Motor Company

2012 Ford Focus ST

Photo: Ford Motor Company

I almost bought a Focus SVT back when they were launched, and I still kick myself for passing it by. With a newer, better Focus ST on the horizon, I can finally stop trolling eBay looking for a killer deal on a Focus SVT.

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4 Responses

  1. Set says:

    That’s seriously slick. I’m becoming more and more a blue oval fan. Now, will it be made into a 2 door as well, like the SVT? Or only 4 door?

  2. Kurt says:

    Set, that’s a good question. The last generation ST (which we didn’t get) was available as either a 3 door or a 5 door in Europe, so maybe they’ll keep with tradition. On the other hand, fewer models = lower production costs, so they may just build the 5 door for the US market.

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