Goodwood Festival of Speed
is currently taking place, and as usual it’s proving to be an amazing display of vehicular awesomeness. Adding to the excellence this year is an updated version of one of our favorite hot hatches ever
: the Ford Focus ST.
Just as Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] regular Focus range has received some updates for the 2015 model year
, so does the sporty Focus ST. This time, however, there is also a new diesel variant, although this particular model won’t reach U.S. shores.
In addition to a few visual updates, the 2015 Focus ST benefits from new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and new tires that ensure an even more responsive, balanced and refined driving experience. There are also a number of tweaks inside, with some new tech goodies thrown in as well.
The suspension features all-new front springs and sportier shock absorbers have been added to both ends of the car. The electric power-assisted steering has also been revised to provide the Focus ST driver with improved steering feel. A set of 18-inch wheels are fitted as standard and buyers have the option of red brake calipers.
No changes have been made to the powertrain, which means power in the 2015 Focus ST still comes from a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder rated 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This is matched with a six-speed manual and drive is sent to the front wheels only. The transmission is tuned to deliver brisk acceleration in the lower gears, with the 0-60 mph time expected to be about 6.0 seconds.
The new Focus ST Diesel is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel mill good for 182 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Ford estimates the car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 8.0 seconds. For the power mad, Ford is working on a new generation of its Focus RS
. The new Focus range-topper is due out next year but is yet to be confirmed for the U.S. market. The car is expected to be powered by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder common to the 2015 Mustang and could be rated as high as 330 horsepower.
On the styling front, the 2015 Focus ST adopts new headlights and bumpers. Sporty side sills, a rear wing spoiler and twin-hexagonal center tailpipes complete the look. Inside, the layout of the dash has been cleaned up and now features future buttons. A flat-bottom steering wheel has been added is joined by some satin chrome accents, such as on the gear lever and door grab handles. Sporty Recaro bucket seats are also available.
In the technology department, a reversing camera is now standard. There is also new driver-assist, convenience and connectivity features as part of the latest SYNC system.
Sales of the 2015 Focus ST should commence this fall.
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