28 January 2015

New Ford Focus ST here in March

Ford has launched its new Focus ST global performance model, the most advanced version yet, writes Trish Whelan from the car's international launch in Barcelona.

The order book is now open ahead of the car's arrival in Ireland in March.

It comes for the first time with a choice of petrol and diesel power. The first diesel Focus ST takes sportiness to a new level delivering the most fuel-efficient and lowest C02 Ford performance car ever, while also being a user friendly day-to-day car.

The 185hp 2.0 TDCi has been optimised to deliver ST performance and character alongside fuel efficiency and everyday practicality. It achieves 0-100km/h (that's 62mph) in 8.1 seconds, has an official fuel consumption of 4.2 L/100m (67.3 mpg), and emits 110g/km C02, the same fuel efficiency as a standard Focus 1.6, 95hp diesel model.

For those who prefer petrol, the 250hp 2.0 EcoBoost delivers 0-100km/h (62 mph) in a quicker time of 6.5 seconds; has a fuel consumption of 6.8 L/100km (41.5mpg) and emits 159g/km C02. Both models offer Auto-Start-Stop for the first time that improves the EcoBoost version''s fuel economy by 6 percent and helps make it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever. Maximum speed is 248 m/h (154 mph).

The increased power output - a 23 percent gain over the 150hp 2.0 engine in the new Focus range - is achieved using a unique calibration, a revised air intake system and a new sports-tuned exhaust.

Both engines use a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-orientated short-throw shift.

Standard spec on both versions includes 18-inch alloy wheels, the unique ST body; spoiler, front and rear bumper, rocker panels and front grille; ST scuff plates, heated front Recaro seats; auto lights and wipers; special ST suspension; keyless start; and Thatcham alarm.

"Whether for the enthusiast or novice, the Focus ST possesses all the great, fun-to-drive qualities that customers want," said Ciaran McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford Ireland (pictured above) at today's launch. "And with the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own, more enjoyable and rewarding to drive."

The car also benefits from technology and craftsmanship first revealed for the new Ford Focus - the world's best-selling global nameplate. These five-door models offer class-leading driver assistance technologies and connectivity features including the SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system.

The new Focus ST goes on sale in Ireland in March, priced from €39,100 for the 2.0 EcoBoost and from €39,800 for the diesel.