Thursday, September 6, 2012

The 2013 Ford Focus ST

   Have you heard about the new 2013 Ford Focus ST? If not, please allow me to make the introduction: Here is the 2013 Ford Focus ST...

2013 Ford Focus ST
 The ST stands for Sport Technologies. Ford's Global Sport Technologies group is new to North America, and the ST is the first truly global performance car from Ford. The inspiration is "Pure exhilaration meets the daily drive". The Focus ST is designed to go head to head with competitors such as the Volkswagen GTI, the Honda Civic Si and the MazdaSpeed3, giving buyers an alternative choice to the Japanese and European "hot hatches". The chassis, engine sound and comfort of the Focus ST have been tubed to deliver a sport driving experience with a level of refinement rarely seen in this type of car. Simply put: the Focus ST is geared towards "driving purists" who will appreciate owning a fast, fun-to-drive car that's expressive and attention grabbing.

The Focus ST is designed to be striking to look at, but it's also functional. From it's sweeping kinetic - "looks as if it's in motion, even when still" - to the large one-piece hexagonal mesh grill that increases airflow. Other features include a front chin spoiler, 18" Y-spoke painted aluminum wheels, muscular extended rocker panels, diffuser style vents in the rear lower bumper fascia and high performance exhaust with centrally located dual bright tips.

Inside is a blend of the sophisticated and the bold. Focus ST has features such as available RECARO front sport bucket seats, unique ST gauges with red needle pointers, three additional gauges for turbo boost pressure (psi), oil pressure and oil temperature and metal, racing-inspired clutch, brake and accelerator pedals.

Performance is the name of the game, and with it's responsive performance, the ST does not disappoint. The Focus ST is powered by the high-output 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 intercooled engine that has 20 psi of turbo boost.
  • 252 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • 270 lb.ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
That beast is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The suspension has been uniquely tuned for European-inspired driving. Goodyear Eagle F1's provide a sure grip and the four wheel disc brakes with hi-performance, low metallic compound pads make sure you can stop. The ST has a variable ratio steering rack plus electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) with enhanced torque vectoring control which works like a limited slip differential. Three-mode AdvanceTrac electronic stability control allows you to fine tune the handling. Standard mode provides confidence regardless of conditions. Sport mode provides more spirited driving performance and Off is designed for racetrack use, allowing wheel spin and drift.

The 2013 Focus ST also has an impressive list of options and equipment groups such as SYNC with MyFord Touch, voice activated navigation, intelligent access with push-button start, MyKey - the ability to set top speed and volume limits on the stereo, the ST2 and ST3 equipment and performance packages... and true to the Ford Focus, good fuel mileage at 32 mpg. Focus ST is on it's way... are you ready?