Fast Ford

FOCUS ST TDCi

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Ford’s genuinely sporty diesel-powered ST took the same underpinni­ngs and sexy bodywork as the fantastic 247bhp petrol ST250 and switched the feisty EcoBoost for a frugal TDCi. Yes, claims of 67mpg are usually associated with econoboxes, but a 0-to-60mph time of 8.1 seconds and the same sharp handling as the petrol version meant this ST was a properly sporty diesel. But thanks to dieselgate and the subsequent shift to smaller petrol engines (and now hybrids and full electric) the ST TDCi never really got going – Ford had predicted the TDCi would outsell the petrol version, and sales were evenly split at the end of 2015, just before the whole world demonised dirty oil-burners.

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