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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 theenhanced 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 groupvice 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 remainthe hottest hatch worldwide.”

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 STin 2002; since then, more than 140,000 examples have been sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

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 seats
  • Standard LED signature lighting
  • 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels standard
  • Available new 18-inch alloy wheel design with red painted brake calipers
  • 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 the driver
  • 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 hasalso 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. “Theengineering enhancements to the suspension and steering deliver greater responsiveness, agility and precision – all of which will reward the performance enthusiast with an exhilaratingdriving 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 of252 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 lowergears and comfortable cruising at speed.

Powerful appearance
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 andrectangular 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 STmodels 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, GlobalDesign. “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.”

Cockpit-style cabin
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 expect.

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 supportrequired to fully enjoy the ST driving experience, along with comfort for everyday driving.

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 infour colors – Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm or Race Red; ST3 seats have full charcoal black leather finish.

Advanced technologies
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 developerscan 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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I don't think I like it... But I need more angles. The front looks boxy. I do like the interior and that steering wheel! And I'm curious about app link... Will there be an update to add it to our sync system...

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I like the styling changes pretty much all-around. But of even greater interest is the alleged improvement in handling. Makes me wish I had room in the garage (and money in the bank account) for one of these.

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Solid refresh! I really wish the FiST got all black leather recaros like that, would have made me spring for them. Also, hooray for the awful Focus wheel being replaced with the new, 'Sport design' wheel. Also, the exterior (especially the rear) looks loads better. The butt is far less dowdy.

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+1 for the D shaped wheel. I wish our FiSTs had a flat bottom wheel. I find myself awkwardly slinking around the wheel and the tall Recaro thigh bolsters...

BIG styling improvement. That front end is 100% better.

Also glad to see the ugly, ugly four-spoke wheel bite the dust.
Yeah, when I test drove a FoST I thought the wheel design was pretty heinous looking. One of the reasons why I ended up getting a FiST instead

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What completely baffles me is that they changed the design of the rear taillights slightly, but still didn't get rid of the stupid smudge part. I mean if you're going to change the part number, at least make it look good.
I like the bottom half of the rear; the upper portion is still in need of work, and most especially those awful taillights they are determined to wrap toward the front.

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I have no doubt that this will be another great car to drive and overall I think this is a step in the right direction, but I still don't think it's a great looking car.

I like the new headlights and grilles, but not the fog lights, I prefer round too. Still not a fan of the back end at all, the car looks so bloated to me, the bumper is boring, and I also really dislike the exhaust tip shape of both models. Finally the tail lights are still the weird shape that everyone seems to hate. I wish the tails were vertically styled like the Fiesta and the other two generations of Focus.
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