First it was the Mazda RX-8, then the Honda Civic Type R. Now, the Ford Focus ST has become the latest victim of the stringent Euro 5 emission regulation, due to be implemented in January of 2011.
The Euro 5 regulation permits no more than 1,000 mg per kilometer of CO, no more than 100 mg per kilometer of total hydrocarbons and no more than 60 mg per kilometer of nitrogen oxides. The NOx reduction alone is 25% more restrictive than the previous (Euro 4) standard, which makes our own absurd 2016 CAFE requirements seem downright forgiving.
The Focus ST was Ford’s hot hatchback, slotted in the Focus lineup directly below the take-no-prisoners Focus RS. Unlike the Focus RS, the Focus ST was built for both comfort and performance, and put out 225 horsepower from a turbocharged inline five cylinder Duratec motor. Buyers that wanted a little more go in their ST could opt for a Ford branded upgrade kit, which boosted output to 260 horsepower via a low restriction intake, a larger intercooler and an ECU reflash.
Rumor said that the US would likely get the Focus ST but not the RS. Fortunately, all hope is not lost: Autoevolution tells us that Ford has a revamped and greener Focus ST ready to display at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Based on the now-global Focus platform, the new ST will use a four cylinder motor (Ecoboost, most likely) to meet both emission standards and driver’s expectations. No further information is available yet, but I’ll certainly keep you posted on developments, especially those relating to the Focus ST in the U.S.