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FFTeam 05-25-2011 12:00 PM

We Catch the 247-hp 2012 Ford Focus ST at the Nürburgring
 
We've just caught a mule of Ford’s upcoming Focus ST as it heads into testing at the Nürburgring in Germany. While the body is stock Focus, the Brobdingnagian wheels and the center-mounted exhaust tell us that this is definitely the 247-hp, 260-lb-ft hot hatch. We expect Ford’s answer to the VW GTI to arrive in late fall.

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Center Exhaust
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MacAttack 05-25-2011 01:23 PM

LOVE the wheels
But expected late fall? Everything from Ford has told us we have to wait until early 2012. Don't get me wrong, nothing would make me happier than finding out that this is to be released early, but nothing else has hinted at that.


And another thing I've been curious about involving these mules. The front of the ST has the wide open grille to help cool the intercooler. How could they get accurate test results without testing an ST with an open grille?

my03_SVT 05-25-2011 01:27 PM

I wish that i could afford one. Maybe in a couple of years get one use. [:)]

bowelmovement 05-25-2011 01:33 PM

They want entirely too much for this car. Get a Kia Optima, just as fast, larger and cheaper.

SV100 05-25-2011 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FFTeam (Post 3683428)

Wow, with those wheels, and from that angle, it looks so damn good. Great stance.

Of course I expect the actual ST styling to be even better [thumb]

JDBug182 05-25-2011 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macattack (Post 3683539)
and another thing i've been curious about involving these mules. The front of the st has the wide open grille to help cool the intercooler. How could they get accurate test results without testing an st with an open grille?

good point... And i think the wheels look nice but would like them better in that like gray/graphite color i've seen in other pics

wrc_fan 05-25-2011 02:39 PM

If it doesn't have a version of the Revo Knuckle, I'm going to punch a ford rep in the ear.

RyEnd 05-25-2011 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bowelmovement (Post 3683559)
they want entirely too much for this car. Get a kia optima, not as fast, heavier and cheaper.

ftfy

JustHereFTM 05-25-2011 04:11 PM

^^ o cool u got info. how heavy is the focus ST?? also what is its 0-60mph run time and its 1/4 mile???

MacAttack 05-25-2011 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrc_fan (Post 3683666)
If it doesn't have a version of the Revo Knuckle, I'm going to punch a ford rep in the ear.

They've hinted that it would. I can't imagine anything else they'd use it on, so I can't see why they wouldn't. And yes, I agree (and I'd join you in the Ford rep abuse). I'd probably still buy it without revoknuckle, but I'd possibly consider other cars too, such as the MS3 and WRX. The fact the the Focus ST will be a powerful FWD Focus without torque steer is a HUGE selling point.
Quote:

Originally Posted by JustHereFTM (Post 3683765)
^^ o cool u got info. how heavy is the focus ST?? also what is its 0-60mph run time and its 1/4 mile???

I don't think that has been released yet... but if someone knows, they better share!


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