Frankfurt Motor Show: 2012 Focus ST


Ford’s all new global hot hatch breaks cover.

It was about a year ago that Ford showed a concept version of the Focus ST and now we’re finally getting to see it production form in Frankfurt. The 2012 Focus ST is an important car for Ford in that it’s the company’s first global performance model. It will be sold in 40 markets worldwide including the hot hatch staved United States where the Focus has in the past been tempered in the horsepower department so as not to tread on the ground held by the Mustang.

"It's the first performance model to build upon the design and technology strengths of one of our new global production vehicles.” Says Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles Jost Capito, “It's a car built for driving enthusiasts all around the world and they will not be disappointed."

Two body styles were introduced in Frankfurt - the five door, which we saw in concept form, and the surprise Europe only estate wagon. Cosmetic changes are subtle yet sporty. The gaping trapezoidal front grille has been completely blacked out along with the rear bumper vents. A large spoiler sits atop the rear window and the exhaust has a very unique dual hexagon shape.

The new ST is powered by a high performance 2.0 liter version of Ford's EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder. Despite losing a cylinder from the previous ST it produces 247 hp and 265 lb ft of torque which is channeled to the front wheels through a six speed manual transmission.

To keep all that torque in check, Ford has developed a new sport steering system that all but eliminates torque steer through the use of a variable ratio steering rack and a torque steer compensation system that works through the ESP.

No official fuel economy or emissions figures have been released yet, but Ford expects the ST to achieve well over 30 mpg and to reduce emissions by 20 percent. Expect the new Focus ST to land in showrooms early next year.