HOW FORD CAN BEAT THE PACK

Autocar - - NEWS - LAWRENCE AL­LAN

We held the last Fo­cus ST in high es­teem when the car was last up­dated in 2015. How­ever, the hot hatch­back game has moved up a level since then, with faster, grip­pier and more en­gag­ing de­buts from the Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R.

The lat­est Fo­cus should, in the­ory, be an ex­cel­lent ba­sis for the ST – it has al­ready fended off all of its ma­jor ri­vals (3 Oc­to­ber is­sue) with its “out­stand­ing driver ap­peal”.

With less weight and more power ex­pected, it re­mains to be seen whether an elec­tronic diff set-up can help the hot Fo­cus get that power down onto the road, or whether the Per­for­mance Pack would be the one to go for.

Our hope is that Ford will re­tain the broad-bat­ted ap­peal of the old car by not com­pro­mis­ing ride qual­ity and re­fine­ment too much – adap­tive dampers should al­low those qual­i­ties to re­main in­tact.

New ST will be fastest main­stream Ford

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