Focus on a global first
The Focus ST will be successor to the XR5, writes Paul Gover in Paris
THE arrival of the latest Focus RS is not the end of the compact performance story at Ford Australia.
A new ST is also on the way as the successor to the XR5 Turbo.
The new ST is previewed at this week’s Paris Motor Show, almost glowing under lights with its outrageous Tangerine Scream bodywork, although it is not coming to showrooms until 2012.
It is set to take the place locally of the XR5 turbo although there is little detail yet from Broadmeadows.
‘‘The thing we’re looking at now is another Focus ST, which is the XR5 here in Australia,’’ says Beth Donovan, vice-president of marketing and sales for Ford Australia.
She says Ford Australia has enough supplies of the XR5 for 2011, until the ST takes over as one of the first One Ford global products.
The basics of the ST are impressive — a new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 10 per cent more power and torque but 20 per cent lower emissions — with a new chassis, 19-inch alloy wheels, bigger brakes and a six-speed close-ratio gearbox.
The engine replaces the Volvodesigned five-cylinder turbo in the XR5 and comes with 186kW.
Work on the car is shared between engineers at Team RS in Europe and SVT in the US. ‘‘The new Focus ST will be our first true global perform- ance car,’’ Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles, says.
‘‘The Focus ST will be the result of painstaking tuning around the curves of the Nu¨ rburgring, along high-speed German autobahns, and down classic British B-roads.’’
Glowing: the Ford Focus ST, with Tangerine Scream bodywork, was revealed in Paris.