FORD FOCUS ST
Drivetrain: Transverse FWD 1999cc DOHC EcoBoost turbocharged in-line four. Sixspeed manual Durashift transmission. Outputs: Max 184kW at 5500rpm, 360Nm at 2000-4500rpm. Max 248kmh, 0-100kmh 6.5 secs, 7.1L/100km, 169g/km CO2. Chassis: Front MacPherson struts, rear control blades; electric variable ratio rack and pinion steering; 18 x 8 rims, 235/40 tyres. Safety: Vented disc brakes allround, ABS, EBD and EBA; stability control, front, side and side curtain airbags; 5-star NCAP test. Dimensions: L 4364mm, H 1484mm, W1823mm, W/base 2648mm, F/track 1554mm, R/track 1544mm, Weight 1437mm, 55L. Pricing: On sale in November at $52,490. HOT: Smooth, punchy, flexible engine; well balanced grippy chassis; fine driving position; sharp sticker. NOT: Wagon and durashift not available in NZ; naff seat colour choices; yellow only decent body colour. VERDICT: Worthy wearer of the ST badge. Now, Ford how about an even hotter RS Focus.