Ford turns up the heat

An in­tensely fo­cused hot-hatch ri­val for the Golf GTI is two months away

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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

Tan­ger­ine screamer: The Fo­cus ST turbo re­places the re­tired XR5

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