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Old 09-29-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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2012 Ford Focus ST details released ahead of world premiere in Paris

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This is the 247-horsepower, turbocharged 2012 Ford Focus ST hatchback. It's coming to the United States. Watch your back, Volkswagen GTI.

We've long lusted after the Ford Focus RS hot hatch sold in Europe, and while the ST is a slightly tamer version of the pocket-rocket RS, it still has plenty of kit to do battle with hot hatches the world over. The beating heart of the Focus ST is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 247 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford's new torque-vectoring power control system is on hand, which should keep the front wheels in line, as front-wheel-drive turbo cars are always prone to understeer and torque steer.

The 2012 Focus ST debuts in its new Tangerine Scream color, and we're quite fond of the way it looks on the bulgier, more aggressive Focus. The wheel wells are fully filled out with attractive 19-inch alloys in the Blue Oval's signature Y-spoke ST pattern. Additionally, the trapezoidal grille has been raised on the front fascia, making way for additional lower air intakes, and while Ford isn't keen on offering the base Focus with the LED eyebrow in America, we sincerely hope that it is left intact on the U.S.-spec Focus ST. Out back, the Focus' rear bumper has been completely reworked to incorporate a diffuser setup with a center-mounted sport exhaust.

Inside, the Focus ST uses all the same goodies found on the top-end Focus Titanium, but adds a set of Recaro seats (for both front and rear passengers) as well as some yellow-gold contrast stitching on many of the interior surfaces. The Focus ST gets a bespoke steering wheel, and we must applaud Ford for creating a hot hatch interior that looks both sporting and high-end at the same time.

Watch for the Focus ST to launch sometime in 2012. We haven't heard any rumblings about pricing, but if Ford can keep things near the $25,000 mark (fingers crossed!), we'll be in business. Oh, and consider our hot hatch comparison test planned. Follow the jump for Ford's press blast and scroll through the gallery below for a raft of high-res images.


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Old 09-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #2
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Posted via FF Mobile Tomorriw hopefully we get the rest of the official info like pricing and gas mileage. Its growing on me, and is definitely a car Id love to own. Im sure Ford had a reason to move the giant mouth up a bit, besides for styling differences, might of had something to do with room in the engine bay. Oh and this might not be to some, but hose LED drls are a pretty big deal to be offered on the focus. No one else has them anywhere near this price segment.

Oh and that steering wheel is awesome...and oh...CHECK OUT THOSE SEATS!!!!!!!!
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These pictures do not do this car any justice at all. I hate the car companies are using these horrible images before the live launches.

Still not liking the high trapezoid and where the hell did they find the lower air dam that does not blend making it a two faced face Focus mess. Can only hope Ford gets tired of reading all the dislike the face comments and adjusts the location of the trapezoid and place it were LOWER large mouth trapezoids are suppose to be.


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Whips, looks better in rolling shots. I'll take on in white, thanks!
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Sad, no sedan version of the ST
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That interior is insane...

RIGHT KYLE!!!! HOLY CRAP THOSE SEATS ARE FREAKING AMAZING. to be honest, im sure the leather wont feel like it does on a porsche or ferrari...but hell they look just as good. Im a big interior guy and this ST one is icing on the cake of the already nice base focus interior. If a Fiesta ST does not come out or have an interior as nice as this...Im getting a focus st like I said years ago. Ill have to see the tangerine in person but Im loving the orange interior....um, can I have the orange interior with a deep black metallic exterior Ford?????? Please?
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MMMM, I want one! That's awesome we're getting one and the more I look at it, The more I like it!
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I am definitely purchasing one for sure to follow up all my whining, begging and pleading here. You guys are right, the interior is outright saucy! The orange is a bit much for me. I'd be happy with a plain jane silver and black combo on the inside, but it is growing on me tho.
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