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Saturday 23 August 2014

Ford put more zeST into their hot-hatch Focus

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

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The Ford Focus ST

FORD have given their Focus ST a lift in energy, handling and looks.

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With its extra chassis control technologies and revised suspension and steering, it gets here early next year but there's no word on prices.

For the first time you can choose a diesel as well as a sprightly petrol.

The 2-litre diesel manages 185bhp and a 0-100kmh in 8.1 seconds which is hardly enthralling for a performance car.

The attraction here lies in the amount of pull it has between gears: in sixth, for example, it goes from 80kmh to 120kmh in 9.7 seconds.

The 250bhp petrol hits 100kmh in 6.5 seconds. That's a bit more like it.

Both versions have Start/Stop for the first time.

The sports suspension now has new front springs and shock absorber tuning at front and back.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard.

They have also restyled the looks: sculpted bonnet; slimmer headlamps and rectangular fog lamps.

The sports bodykit has coloured side skirts and a rear roof spoiler as well as twin-hexagonal centre tailpipes.

Recaro seats and sports steering wheel are standard.

There is also a wagon version. There will be ST1, ST2 and ST3 trim levels.

The improved SYNC 2 connectivity system gives you audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phone access with voice control and an 8ins colour touchscreen.

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