HOW FORD CAN BEAT THE PACK
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