Paris Motor Show 2010: Ford announces Global Focus ST

So, you like the look and perceived feel of the new 2012 Ford Focus, but want it in a sportier package?  Well, Ford announced this week that the high-performance ST model is heading to our shores, and it isn’t going to be watered down like the 2005 Focus ST.  Read on for pictures, details and the entire press release.

With 250 horsepower out of its EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, tightened-down suspension, a 6-speed manual transmission (which appears to be the only one offered), as well as distinctive bodywork, the Focus ST should bring some great performance to the table, with a cheaper sticker price than a lot of manufacturer-tuned cars.  The ST will remain front-wheel drive, so it compares better with the now defunct Dodge SRT-4 than the Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

Mentioning the Dodge SRT-4 begs the question: what exactly does the Focus ST have for competition?  The answer is: not much.  With Chevrolet replacing the Cobalt with the Cruze, its SS variant will probably be a couple of years behind, the only real remaining competitors that I see are the Honda Civic Si and the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V.

Look for the Focus ST to go on sale at the same time as the regular 2012 Focus, sans the special seats and a few other bits that don’t meet US safety regulations.

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by John Suit

Source: Ford

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