Review: 2013 Ford Focus ST Estate
Millbrook has a two mile long high-speed bowl, and that was to be my first driving destination in the ST, to see just how quickly it could be made to merge in my patented “pull out fast in front of a big truck” test.
There were countless Porsches and a Jag F-Type being hooned in the name of journalistic thoroughness when I got there, and before pulling out I let them pass and glide into the distance. I then dropped the hammer in a “textbook” (for me) drag launch, and very soon the 911s started to be reeled in. With safety in mind the Bowl had a 100mph speed limit imposed today, and I very nearly managed to comply with it. Trouble is, in the ST, with 250hp doing its thing, when accelerating through the gears you just want to keep on going.
Official figures quote that sixty arrives in 6.2 seconds, but cold figures against the stopwatch hardly seem to convey just how much performance and flexibility the ST offers. Even in the tall 6th gear, at a high two-figure cruise, there is enough roll-on acceleration to mean something decent; drop down a cog or two at any speed and it’s there aren’t a great many cars that could embarrass the ST too badly.
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