Ford turns up the heat
An intensely focused hot-hatch rival for the Golf GTI is two months away
Then there’s the next ST version in the smaller shape of the Fiesta. Ford has shown a Fiesta tease wearing the Sport Technologies badge.
Meanwhile the Focus is the first of its ‘‘ global performance cars’’, one which will be sold in more than 40 countries.
Ford is trumpeting everything from more power and a six-speed manual gearbox to equipment that runs to sports steering, multi-layer ESP stability control, bi-xenon headlamps and predictable body upgrades.
There are also fuel economy of 7.4L/100km and CO emissions of 172g/km, plus a capped-price service plan.
Just like the Toyota 86, Ford has added a sound symposer that pipes induction noise from the engine into the cabin.
‘‘ The price is up a little bit but there is a lot more equipment,’’ says Ford Australia spokesman Neil McDonald.
‘‘ The price puts the car right into Golf GTI territory and also the Mazda3 MPS.’’
Ford has timed the local announcement of the Focus ST for the day of Opel’s revealing
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