Ford Focus ST
Hot hatch will beat Golf GTI to market early next year, armed with revised RS engine
Due next year with updated RS motor
Ford is putting the finishing touches to a new Focus ST, due to be unveiled at the start of next year. The launch of the hot hatch will follow that of the regular car this summer, and will be timed to beat the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI to market.
A Ford insider has confirmed to Autocar that the new Focus ST will feature an updated version of the 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder engine found in the current Focus RS, albeit detuned from the 345bhp it currently puts out to suit the parameters of the ST’S front-wheel-drive platform. Initial speculation was that the current rangetopping 1.5-litre engine in the standard Focus would be uprated to suit, but achieving the necessary power gains would push that unit beyond its reliable limit.
Power output has yet to be confirmed, but a figure in excess of 250bhp, possibly nearer to 275bhp, from the 2.3-litre unit would give it the potency required to take on the latest hot hatches such as the Hyundai i30 N and Renault Mégane RS. A modest power boost will be bolstered by the fact that the new Focus is up to 88kg lighter than the old car; and even with the ST’S heavier, larger-capacity engine, weight savings should still be apparent.
The Focus ST will initially be offered solely with a manual gearbox, but an automatic version is also under development for both
Current St-line estate’s looks will carry over to the new model