Newcomer has best of all worlds
Development of a new, hot Ford is big news in Britain. We love them, and when it comes to the ballistic RS models the UK is far and away the company’s biggest European market.
But before you get all the way up to that level of madness there are Ford’s ST models, which aim to offer more of a balance between performance and everyday usability. The new Focus ST is a completely new development that, since the halt in production of the old model a couple of years ago, aims to win back ground it has since lost.
It really is all-new, sitting on a new chassis and using a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine in place of the characterful old five-pot in the 2005-2010 model. Times have changed since 2005 and the car has been approached in a very different way. A “sound symposer” between cylinders three and four captures an irregular – but entirely real – beat and amplifies it as a substitute for the old five-pot warble.
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