The new focus gets sleeker and improved dynamics.
Ford Reveals New Focus ST at Goodwood; Demonstrates Model's Enhanced
Driving Dynamics on Famous Hill Climb
- New 2015 Ford Focus ST makes global debut at Goodwood Festival of
Speed in the United Kingdom the perfect venue to demonstrate the
significantly enhanced driving dynamics of the new model
- Updated tuning provides increased handling refinement and improved
steering feel to help deliver a driving experience that is more
responsive and balanced
- Beautifully crafted cockpit-like interior features ergonomic
controls, Recaro seats and sports steering wheel
GOODWOOD, U.K., June 27, 2014 The 2015 Ford Focus ST makes its
global debut today at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom
the ideal venue for showcasing the enhanced driving dynamics of
Ford's global performance version of the new Focus.
"Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA
to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving
dynamics, performance and style," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice
president, Global Product Development. "Now, with improved
dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated
cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch
Focus ST will benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed
earlier this year for the new Ford Focus the world's best-selling
global nameplate. Ford introduced the first Focus ST in 2002; since
then, more than 140,000 examples have been sold in more than 40
Refinements for the upgraded 2015 Focus ST include:
- Redesigned, sportier front and rear fascias
- HID headlamps standard with ST2 and ST3 trim levels with Recaro
- Standard LED signature lighting
- 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels standard
- Available new 18-inch alloy wheel design with red painted brake
- New exterior color, Magnetic Metallic, replaces Ingot Silver
- Two over-the-top stripe choices now available Satin Black and High
Gloss Red, stripes come with matching mirror skull caps
- Redesigned instrument panel center stack with improved climate
controls and new finishes
- New center console with more storage space including a new media bin
with USB smart charging port, which charges two times faster than
previous USB port
- Updated front door storage with cupholders
- New flat-bottom steering wheel to provide extra leg clearance for
- Available heated steering wheel
- Available eight-way power driver's seat
- Revised steering for improved feel
- Rear view camera standard
Enhanced driving dynamics
Ford Team RS, the award-winning European arm of Ford's Global
Performance Vehicle group, made improving the entire driving
experience the No. 1 objective for the new Focus ST.
The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier
shock absorber tuning front and rear to deliver even sharper dynamic
performance. The electric power-assisted steering has also been
revised to provide the Focus ST driver with improved steering feel.
"We are proud Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing
performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics, and the new Focus
ST further ups the ante," said Nair. "The engineering
enhancements to the suspension and steering deliver greater
responsiveness, agility and precision all of which will reward the
performance enthusiast with an exhilarating driving experience."
Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine uses turbocharging, twin independent
variable camshaft timing and high-pressure direct injection to deliver
uncompromising performance. Peak output of 252 horsepower is available
at 5,500 rpm, while torque peaks at 270 lb.-ft. at 2,500 rpm.
The engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission
with a performance-oriented, short-throw shifter. The gear ratios
exclusive to ST deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and
comfortable cruising at speed.
The new Focus ST features sportier and more aggressive styling than
the previous generation, with a lower, wider stance; new dynamically
sculpted hood; slimmer headlamps and rectangular fog lamps.
The sports body kit also includes bodycolored side skirts and
diffuser elements either side of the exhaust, and a rear roof spoiler
optimized for aerodynamic performance. All new Focus ST models feature
twin-hexagonal center tailpipes.
"The design of the new Focus is stronger and sportier, and that
allowed us to make the new ST even more aggressive and dramatic,"
said Moray Callum, Ford group vice president, Global Design. "The
front bumper is deeper, the honeycomb upper grille is higher and more
upright, and the lower grille is larger. The deeper rear bumper really
emphasizes the width of the car."
Ford has redesigned the Focus interior for a more intuitive layout,
with a clearer visual connection between key components and
significantly fewer buttons in the cabin.
An additional bank of three gauges an ST hallmark is situated in a
central instrument pod and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil
temperature and oil pressure information. A new, flat-base sports
steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim, a satin
chrome-topped gear lever and ST pedals deliver the interior ST drivers
Satin chrome door grab handles and aluminum scuff plates with
illumination add extra touches of refinement. The car's sport seats
developed jointly by Ford and Recaro provide the support required to
fully enjoy the ST driving experience, along with comfort for everyday
The new Focus ST will be available in ST1, ST2 and ST3 trim levels.
ST1 seats feature gray/charcoal/anthracite black fabric; ST2 adds
partial leather with base and side bolsters available in four colors
Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm or Race Red; ST3 seats
have full charcoal black leather finish.
Driver-assist, convenience and connectivity technologies include Ford
SYNC®. 2015 Focus ST drivers will have access to powerful capabilities
thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they
modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink.
Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60
AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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