Motor (Australia)

BOXING CLEVER?

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The Focus ST’s sevenspeed auto shares virtually everything with Ford’s pre-existing eight-speed unit, as seen in products such as the Ford Edge. In effect, Ford has installed a software parameter that forces the ST to overlook the eight-speed’s second gear. Surely more gears mean more performanc­e? Not so, says Ford of Europe’s communicat­ions manager Finn Thomasen. “The enhanced power and torque of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine makes the standard second gear ratio redundant, therefore it is removed for the Focus ST to optimise gear differenti­ation for performanc­e.”

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