Ford Focus Coupe Arrives in 2012

Seemingly undiscouraged that the 2.5-liter turbocharged unit on the Focus ST failed to comply with stricter EURO V emission standards, Ford is preparing for the release of a new rival for the Volkswagen Scirocco, returning to the coupe market with a sporty version of the highly acclaimed hatchback.

Based on the new generation of the Focus, a concept version of the Coupe will make its public debut at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Just like the latest Focus and Fiesta, this modern interpretation of the Capri will be a global model.

Our plan was always to get the basic Ford product lineup successful,” said Ford’s European design boss Martin Smith. “Now we have done that, we can start to build more exciting products--and we’ll show how we’re going to do this at Detroit,” he added.

The new model continues where the Focus ST left off, with design elements being inspired from the defunct hothatch, although it will be slightly longer, wider and lower, contributing to its energetic look.

References to the iconic European muscle car weren't unintentional, with design elements such as the curved rear posts to be derived from the Capri. Old-school blends with new-school perfectly as LED lamps, huge alloy wheels and a centrally mounted tailpipe wrap up this mean contraption perfectly.

The new coupe will preserve the front-wheel drive platform from the outgoing ST, but will ride on a widened track to improve stability. Power will be provided by the same 247 hp 2.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine, catapulting it to 100 km/h in about six seconds and enabling it to reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155mph).

The production version is expected to arrive no sooner than 2012.
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