2020 Ford Focus ST Review – Ford has presented its rival of the stature of Hyundai i30 N, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Peugeot 308 GTI, the new generation of Focus ST. And he has used the lessons learned from the Ford GT supercar to make it faster and more responsive than ever.
2020 Ford Focus ST Review
Revealed in Europe, where it will be available in the styles of five-door hatch and wagon body, in addition to offering the option of petrol or diesel engines, Ford Australia has confirmed that it will arrive in Australia at the beginning of 2020.
Australia will only get the combination of the floodgate and petrol engine driven by an improved version of the turbocharged petrol engine of 2.3 liters and four cylinders that has already been used in the Focus RS and the Mustang EcoBoost.
For Focus ST, it has been tuned to produce 206 KW of power and 420 Nm of torque. According to the company, the engine adopts new technologies against the delay developed for the supercar GT to improve the response of the accelerator.
For the first time, Focus ST will be available with a selection of transmissions, a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic, something that opens up the sales potential for the model after years of only offering a three-pedal design.
The latter model retains the same front-wheel-drive design as its predecessors, but incorporates for the first time a limited-slip electronic differential (ELSD). The ELSD can redistribute up to 100% of torque to a single wheel to improve traction and counteract wheel rotation, according to the company.
To also help gain ground power, Ford has abandoned the outbound model’s Goodyear tyres and replaced them with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s series, with 19-inch alloy rims.
The address has been reworked and is reportedly 15% faster than the standard Focus.
The braking hardware has been updated to cope with additional power, with 330 mm x 27 mm front discs subject to double-piston pliers and 302 mm x 11 mm discs on the back.
As expected, the suspension has been lowered and the shock absorbers hardened for more sensitive handling. Ford’s continuous control damping (CCD) will also be available as part of an optional performance package in Europe, although Australian specifications are still to be confirmed.
Ford Performance’s European director, Leo Roeks, said the changes for this new model have made the Focus ST a more flexible and rounded hatch than before.
“Smart technologies like ELSD and CCD make our new Focus ST the” Jekyll and Hyde “So far, capable of moving from a high-performance vehicle to a high-performance car at the touch of a button ,” said Roeks.
“We have incorporated the learning of programs that include our super sports Ford GT and the acclaimed Focus RS to develop a medium sized car with a unique degree of flexibility in its segment “.
While the price and detailed specifications will not be confirmed until near its local launch, a spokesman for Ford in Australia revealed that the Focus Hi-po will be available on two levels of equipment for the first time. Known as St-2 for the standard finishing level and St-3 for the top grade, Ford Australia offers local hatch buyers more options than before.
The local operation also confirmed that it will be available in two unique colors for the focus, the Ford Performance Blue and the Orange Fury, which are used in the Ranger Raptor and the Mustang, but are not available in the rest of the focus range.
Within the changes are subtle, with a flat-bottomed st wheel and Recaro sports seating, the most important items that differentiate to the regular Focus St.