Following on from its debut at the Paris Motor Show, Ford has now released a promotional video showing off the performance-focused variant of its all new Ford Focus.
Called the Focus ST in European markets the second quickest model (after the RS) is likely to be sold here in NZ as the 2012 Ford Focus ‘XR4′ Turbo. Why not the XR5?
Because with the discontinuation of Ford’s five-cylinder turbo engine last month, the ST’s new Ecoboost four-cylinder engine will probably see the XR5 Turbo badge dropped in favour of the XR4 Turbo moniker.
“The ST will be the performance flagship of our new Focus range, and we were excited to provide our enthusiast customers with an early preview in Paris,” Ford’s Global C-car boss Gunnar Hermann said. “The ST represents an ultimate expression of Focus driving quality and performance and we are confident that the new model will strengthen the reputation of Ford’s ST heritage among enthusiast drivers and attract new fans as well.”
Motivated by the strongest incarnation of Ford’s turbocharged 2.0 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the new Focus ST will output a very strong 184kW.
Little else is known in terms of torque, performance figures and other technical details but more will be revealed shortly.
A three door model is expected to join the new Focus line-up around a year after the five-door hatch reaches showrooms. However, the three-door model may not be offered locally, in regular or XR4 trim.
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