Fo­cus on a global first

The Fo­cus ST will be suc­ces­sor to the XR5, writes Paul Gover in Paris

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

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.

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