2011 Ford Focus ST Coming to Paris Auto Show

The current generation of the Ford Focus has entered the hot hatch history book, as the RS version of the car has dared to send 300 hp to the road via the front wheels.

The Ford Focus RS has managed to secure a top place in the “go-fast” compact segment, currently being the most powerful contender. However, the ex-hottest version of the Focus, the ST, which (almost) uses the same engine but delivers “only” 225 hp, musn't be forgotten, as it also delivers a nice mix of performance and emotions.

The new generation of the Focus, which is scheduled to enter the market early next year (Ford will offer the same version of the car for both Europe and the U.S. for the first time), will, of course, also get and ST version.

Various media reports now indicate that the new Focus ST will make its way to the Paris Motor Show in September.

Let’s see what we’ll get. Ford has already confirmed that the upcoming ST will drop the current five-cylinder turbocharged unit for a new 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost powerplant. The engine is currently installed on multiple Ford models in Europe, with its top incarnation delivering 240 hp.

As the hot hatch segment has received more powerful vehicles in the last few years, we expect Ford to up the Ecoboost engine’s power rating for the Focus. The vehicle is expected to reach 62 mph in a bit over 6 seconds and offer a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

As for the vehicle’s distribution, Ford could decide to also offer it in the U.S., especially if we consider the Focus’ “globalization” marketing strategy.
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