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Old 04-28-2011, 10:02 PM   #711
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Hi all

Just joined up to keep up with all the ST news.

I am about 99% sure I'm going to get one.
Can't wait to see what the Canadian price will be.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:11 AM   #712
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Well it's official, I'm going to get the focus ST :D
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2012 Ford Focus - Focus Future
A quick glimpse into the performance future of the 2012 Ford Focus
From the May, 2011 issue of Eurotuner
By Greg Emmerson


Photo- Jost Capito and the ST

We (Eurotuner) talked to him about the forthcoming ST model and what it meant for US performance enthusiasts.

Our first concern was that the ST would be a watered-down version of the European model, as previous Focus SVT models had been. Everything will be the same, Capito assured us. We will even offer winter tires as an option so customers understand thereís no compromise in its performance, he continued, indicating the car would come with summer tires as standard.

However, the ST isnít a track car. Itís a street car with full functionality. Most young drivers only have one car, so we need this to be usable every day.

We asked him which ST feature made him proudest: Iím proud of the balance we have, where all the attributes are good.

Car enthusiasts know about cars and the ST has to meet those expectations in braking, handling, power, visual everything. Weíve worked hard to balance the package, and then done what we can to invite people into the car by adding a black headliner, Recaros, a sports steering wheel, etc.

Jost then outlined the shared DNA with other Ford products. There will be a parts program available through Ford Racing, just as we do with the Mustang. Youíll be able to put ST parts on base cars, for example, and Mountune is developing engine tuning parts for the car that we may bring to the US. Mountune & Ford http://www.mountuneperformance.com/

Iím a big motorcycle guy and people like to tune them. Itís the same for cars, where people like to improve and change things. Weíll try to help them do that, he continued.

With the 2012 Focus ST set to launch at the end of the year, Ford RS and SVT are still fine-tuning the car, according to their boss. The basic architecture is set and you can find its specification in the News pages at eurotuner.com

Weíve heard rumors that its 250hp 2.0L turbo motor might be changed for the US market, but Capito was adamant that wouldnít happen. So we pushed him about Focus RS product the ultimate, rally-bred derivative of Fordís global car. Jost told us: If the RS version happens, I see no reason why it canít come here

With those words, and the promise of a 250hp Focus ST due later this year, budget-conscious performance fans might want to put the Blue Oval on their shopping list.

http://www.eurotuner.com/featuredveh...cus/index.html

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Old 04-29-2011, 11:43 AM   #714
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On top of that, we have confirmation that it will be released by the end of the year. Ford has also previously said that more details, including a Build & Price feature, would be out in October.
I just can't wait to order this.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #715
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On top of that, we have confirmation that it will be released by the end of the year. Ford has also previously said that more details, including a Build & Price feature, would be out in October.
I just can't wait to order this.


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Has anybody heard anything about which paint options will be available?
How about other options?
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I just got back from my local dealer. I was out for a drive today and thought I'd stop in and take a look. They had some SE hatches on the lot, and I sat in one, looked around. First off, this is a great new car, definitely the upgrade we've been waiting for.

Anyway, when I told the salesperson I was waiting out for the ST, and that I was worried about holding out until the end of the year, he made mention that the ST would probably be out a bit earlier than expected. Damn good news for those of us who have been holding out.
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I just got back from my local dealer. I was out for a drive today and thought I'd stop in and take a look. They had some SE hatches on the lot, and I sat in one, looked around. First off, this is a great new car, definitely the upgrade we've been waiting for.

Anyway, when I told the salesperson I was waiting out for the ST, and that I was worried about holding out until the end of the year, he made mention that the ST would probably be out a bit earlier than expected. Damn good news for those of us who have been holding out.
And the salesman I spoke with last Thursday said he was not sure if the ST was evening going to come out as the only thing he has heard about it was from me. He also thinks the regular (non-ST) Focus is probably out pricing itself. He quoted someone a Focus Titanium and with the rebate(s) came in at $28330. He doesn't think he will sell many $28K Focuses.
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And the salesman I spoke with last Thursday said he was not sure if the ST was evening going to come out as the only thing he has heard about it was from me. He also thinks the regular (non-ST) Focus is probably out pricing itself. He quoted someone a Focus Titanium and with the rebate(s) came in at $28330. He doesn't think he will sell many $28K Focuses.
It's hit or miss with sales people. The ST is coming out, that much is certain. Ford has built these, and has been testing them. As of now, that's where Ford is at, this isn't some concept car.

Think of it this way, a sales person who says "don't buy this car, wait for the ST" probably is more honest than a guy who saids "don't wait out, buy a car right now!".
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I did enjoy this quote from the Eurotuner article. Bring on the aftermarket options, especially the LED/Bi-Xenon headlamps!!

"Car enthusiasts know about cars and the ST has to meet those expectations in braking, handling, power, visual everything. We’ve worked hard to balance the package, and then done what we can to invite people into the car by adding a black headliner, Recaros, a sports steering wheel, etc.

Jost then outlined the shared DNA with other Ford products. There will be a parts program available through Ford Racing, just as we do with the Mustang. You’ll be able to put ST parts on base cars, for example, and Mountune is developing engine tuning parts for the car that we may bring to the US."
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