Ford Focus ST LA Premiere
Among the regular production version Focus and the race car concept based on it, Ford is also presenting a sort of a combination between the two: the Focus ST. A model which, unfortunately, won't see daylight until 2012.
Powered by the same engine as on the production version, the 2.0l EcoBoost, but with a bit more juice in it (an yet unspecified output). The unit is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox with optimized ratios.
The modifications don't stop at the engine though, The ST rides lower than its regular counterpart, brakes harder and handles better thanks to the unique suspension tuning and the use of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS).
“ST represents an ultimate expression of Focus driving quality and performance,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford vice president for Global Product Development.
“Moving forward, ST branding will keynote the enthusiast-directed versions of our core global vehicle lines. ST models will combine responsive performance, optimized handling dynamics, expressive design and sporty design cues. Importantly, ST models will deliver exceptional fuel economy and be priced within reach for car enthusiasts.”
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