Why you need the 2020 Ford Focus ST
The new Focus ST provides an aggressive front design which integrates Ford’s DNA with the gloss-black honeycomb grille while including a numerous amount of unique ST styling features that express its ability to perform on the track. These ST styling features include a front and rear bumper, side skirts, a large rear spoiler, an ST steering wheel with a lot more to mention. While the front-end is aggressively styled, it is also designed with the practicality to match. The Focus ST features LED headlights that’s paired with day-time running lights (DTRL’s), LED cornering fog lamps, automatic windshield wipers and automatic heated power folding mirrors that include puddle lamps.
The biggest talking point after an 18 month absence in Ford Australia showrooms. The engineers have decided to upgrade the engine from a 2.0L 4cyl Turbo that produced 184kW and 360Nm into a 2.3L 4cyl Turbo that produces 206kW and 420Nm. By increasing the power by 22kW and the torque by 60Nm, the 0-100 time that is produced is an impressive 5.7 seconds in this family inclusive hot hatch. After focusing on the jump in power, the ST is finally offering customers 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters for the first time. While still offering the no cost option of the 6-speed manual, both gearboxes provide a different experience for the customer including rapid shifts and a great clutch feel for enthusiasts.
Although this car has a performance at its core, this hatchback is still designed to be used by families as well. Situated on either side of the Focus ST’s side door mirrors is the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which uses radar sensors to alert the driver of any vehicles that can be hidden in your blind spot. The ST also comes standard with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), a rear view camera with 180 degree split view, and many more to acknowledge. Packed with a vast range of smart safety technologies, the Focus ST can help protect you and make every journey more comfortable and pleasant.
Equipped with race-inspired RECARO sports seats, the ST enables every driver to have maximum comfort when behind the wheel. Enhanced comfort can additionally be delivered through Ford’s advanced Continuously Controlled Damping technology. This technology provides sensational driving dynamics for the driver by continuously monitoring the vehicles suspension, which then automatically adjusts to the various damping responses. Driving dynamics can also be manually changed through the ST’s Selectable Driving Modes which include normal, slippery, sport and track.
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Written by Kayla Croser and Nikhil Balakrishnan, August 2020.