New Ford Focus ST Enjoys The Game Of Fast Driving

This year’s Festival of Speed was a busy one for Ford, who brought a variety of cars to Goodwood, among which the new Focus ST.

Since this is a performance model that wants to make a statement in the compact segment, it was set loose on the Hill Climb, with the automaker recording the run and sharing it online.

For a four-banger, the new Focus ST sounds very good. However, there’s a catch here, because it has an artificial noise generator, something that has been embraced by other carmakers in recent years, and doesn’t really do justice to what is, in essence, a very good front-wheel drive hot hatch.

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The new ST does 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 6 seconds and has a 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed. That’s in the petrol-powered version, which uses a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, making 280 PS (276 hp / 206 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque and was the one chosen by Ford for the run up the hill.

The diesel version is slower, as it needs 7.6 seconds to get to 100 km/h (62 mph), while its top speed drops to 220 km/h (137 mph). That’s because it is considerably less powerful, since its 2.0-liter EcoBlue four produces 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) and has a peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). But it’s good to have the option of getting (basically) the same chassis in a performance or more fuel-economy oriented flavor.


  • Six_Tymes

    the RS is gonna have a hard time competing against its rivals when it finally arrives. The competition seems to be heating up.

    • ThatGuy

      Six_T, i dont even think it will compete with the current crop being the Megane RS, Peugeot 308 Gti, the Golf Gti, AMG, 140i and I30 N SPort. ANd these are cars almost due for a refresh and New Models, well besides the BMW dropping out of this fight not wanting to do a pure hot hatch.

  • ThatGuy

    Hard pass, thanks but no thanks Ford, ever….

    • Matt

      What’s your reasoning? Reviews have said the ST is a very good car.

      • ThatGuy

        Hey Matt. Hope you good. The previous gen RS cooling issues, The ST wiring and harness problems. Build quality issues.
        ANd in previous posts i have mentioned my many gripes with Ford on a whole.
        Its a good car to test drive as a jurno, and own for the first 8 months until like ST owners i know, well being 2 of them, issues come up and Fords Aftersales is the most unhelpful, uncaring in the world…..
        Hard pass, i think some of their cars look nice, but not enough to get one that will make me hate driving.

        Funny thing is i got a Peugeot 207 pass from my folks and a cousin laughed about French reliability, but boom his Fiesta stood more than my pug. After that i had respect for the french Pug.

        Hence the hard pass. I30, 308 Gti, GTi, OPC, Cupra, RS, AMG and 140i…. plenty fish in the sea thanks and all the mentioned are more reliable and dont have SportSh!t trans

        • willhaven

          I’m not sure what the reliability problems of Ford in the EU are compared to the US, but my ST has been extremely reliable. I’m at 144,000 km on the clock and still doing very well.

          • ThatGuy

            Will Haven, that is extremely epic, there are Fords that are reliable, that i will never dispute, and although i do not like the current Ford, my statements are not all encompassing. I’m not saying every Ford is bad, but more Majority is bad in my researched opinion.
            My pals despite their issues love their ST’s, all 2 of them, while they have had issues they still have their Orange Blur and Dark Blue machines as they term it.
            I just wont condone or let people accept getting poor service and below par vehicles from a company that does not care and has way too many issues.

            My gripe there in lies that they are on the level of VW producing subpar cars. I like VW but there too after DieselGate i have lost liking and respect for them.

            Long winded i know, but just a small fraction into my reasoning, there is a shat ton more, however i can ramble on, and put energy into my gripes.

  • Alpina

    The car bounces so much, does it have adaptive dampers set to comfort? and what is with the fiddling in the start, failed “burnout” 🙂 This video just reminded me how ugly this car is. Only in ST version comes acceptable and with some vivid color.
    P.S. I do believe that is very good to drive.

    • Matt

      The turning the driver did at the start was to help warm up the front tyres quicker for better grip during the run. The car didn’t seem that bouncy, the road is not racetrack-smooth and the suspension had to cope with the weight of four adults who were inside.

  • dubfun

    Why was there eight hundred pounds of human slowing down that run? Was this one of those demonstration runs that they do for the public/press at some of these events? I would like to see the run again with just a professional driver.

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