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Press Release :

Global High-Performance Ford Focus ST Production Model debuts at Frankfurt plus Surprise ST Wagon for Europe

• Ford's first global performance car, the new five-door Focus ST, debuts in production-ready form at Frankfurt, and is joined by a stylish ST Wagon for the European market

• Focus ST five-door will launch around the world in 2012 and be sold in over 40 markets

• Performance comes from a powerful 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, providing impressive levels of power – 250 PS – and 360 Nm of torque

• The fuel-efficient new 4-cylinder engine helps Focus ST cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by more than 20 per cent compared to the previous-generation European Focus ST

• Focus ST builds on the DNA of the Sport Technologies badge, combining strong performance, fine handling dynamics, eye-catching style and the refinement needed for everyday use

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sep. 12, 2011 – The covers finally came off the production version of

the dramatic new Focus ST five-door today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, revealing the

performance car that enthusiasts around the globe are waiting for.

European customers can also choose a stylish wagon version of the Focus ST, which will

launch alongside the five-door model in 2012.

The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous

Focus ST models in Europe and evolving it to allow drivers around the world to experience and

enjoy the exhilarating performance, unrivaled handling, addictive sound and muscular sports

design that the ST badge represents.

With innovative design and technology throughout, the new Focus ST will be more powerful and

surprisingly fuel efficient, raising the bar once again when it comes to handling too. For drivers who want refinement for everyday use but with exhilarating performance on tap, the passion, enthusiasm and expertise of Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group shines through and makes the new Focus ST the most rewarding and obvious choice.

"The new Focus ST is a really exciting car for Ford," said Jost Capito, director of Global

Performance Vehicles. "It's the first performance model to build upon the design and technology

strengths of one of our new global production vehicles. It's a car built for driving enthusiasts all around the world and they will not be disappointed."

The Ford ST Global DNA

Beneath the skin of the new Focus ST is a detailed DNA for the ST range, established in Ford's

exciting global performance car strategy. Working together, the Global Performance Vehicles

group – made up of Ford Team RS in Europe and the Special Vehicles Team (SVT) in the

United States, along with input from Ford experts in the Asia Pacific and Africa region – devised a strategy that all future global performance Ford cars will adhere to.

"Focus ST hasn't come around by chance," said Capito. "What came first was our global

performance strategy, which has been developed with North America, Europe and Asia

together. With this, the core DNA attributes like the steering, driving dynamics, the sound quality and the power enhancements for all ST models have all been defined to the extent that our engineers can take that global DNA fingerprint and use it to create the new Focus ST."

Like all future ST models, the new Focus ST has key physical DNA attributes like the

aggressively enhanced front and rear bumpers, the addition of a rear spoiler and sideskirts plus a unique signature colour.

In both five-door and wagon form, the scintillating Focus ST delivers the same driving attributes that makes all Ford 'Sports Technologies' models stand out amongst the competition.

The chassis, engine, sound and comfort of the vehicle are tuned harmoniously to deliver a truly

sporty experience with a level of refinement rarely seen in this sector of vehicle. These same

attributes will form the genetic code for future models bearing the ST badge.

Ford's First Global Performance Car

The One Ford approach to working together across geographic boundaries has already seen

successful global launches of the Fiesta and new Focus for the company. This approach is the

great enabler for performance versions to be readily developed for a global market.

"The new Focus is a fantastic car to develop an ST model from," said Matthias Tonn, chief

program engineer for the Focus ST. "It's a solid shell with precise handling as standard, as

customers around the world have already found out. It doesn't compromise on any area in any

region of the world, and Focus ST builds upon that strength to give our global performance

customers the car they want, the car they have been asking for."

According to Capito and Tonn, performance vehicle customers around the world desire the

same things from a car no matter on what types of road or in what weather conditions they

drive. This is the insight that Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group gained and it forms the guiding principles for the company's global performance car strategy.

Destined to reach over 40 markets on six continents, the five-door Focus ST will bring

affordable, everyday performance to the world. Only the smallest changes – to meet with

regional legislation – will be implemented. In effect, no matter where in the world a driver gets behind the wheel, the new Focus ST five-door will deliver the same sensation of power, poise and refinement as for anybody else across the globe.

For Europe, where wagon derivatives are extremely popular in many markets, the opportunity to

develop a stylish ST Wagon as a niche model was irresistible.

"We know many European buyers favour the carrying capacity of a wagon, but still want the

driving excitement and performance a five-door can offer," said Tonn. "With such a stylish

wagon in the new Focus range, we had the ideal basis on which to create a unique niche model

for these customers – and it will be just as exciting to drive as the five-door."

More Power and Economy

For global customers, Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, which offers

an uncompromising mix of performance and efficiency. Ford's lightweight, all-aluminum

EcoBoost engines provide the power of a larger engine in a fuel-efficient smaller displacement,

utilising three key technologies.

High pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and Twin-independent Variable Cam

Timing (Ti-VCT) all help to create an advanced combustion system which brings new levels of

performance and fuel efficiency to Ford's petrol engines.

Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group has taken this technology and developed a 250PS

high-output derivative of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine for Focus ST.

Redesigned intake and exhaust systems with unique engine calibration deliver the ideal level of

power and responsiveness.

The engine has a maximum output of 250PS and strong torque levels in a broad, flat torque

curve peaking at 360Nm. The responsive torque output, a trademark of Ford EcoBoost engines,

is maintained despite the impressive peak figures.

Compared to the 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine in the previous-generation European Focus ST, the

new 4-cylinder engine offers increased performance, but its smaller capacity and innovative

technology also allow it to be more fuel efficient.

The EcoBoost 2.0 in the Focus ST is expected to cut both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption

by more than 20 per cent from the previous-generation European model when fuel consumption

data is certified.

"This is the first time we have used a 4-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine in a high performance

model and the results are phenomenal," said Capito. "Drivers will have a lot of power and torque throughout the rev range to use. For everyday driving, though, the characteristics of this car will let them drive in a more fuel efficient way than previously, which is an essential part of the ST's DNA."

Mated to the 2.0-litre engine is a 6-speed manual transmission, which has specially revised

gearing to produce the maximum punch from each throw of the gear shift. The Global

Performance Vehicles group spent significant attention to detail to ensure the ratio of sixth gear was perfectly in tune with the Focus ST, giving the driver optimum performance while remaining long enough to help maintain excellent fuel economy on longer runs.

Sensational Sound

The previous generation Focus ST was acclaimed for its particularly sporty 5-cylinder engine

sound. With the introduction of a 4-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine into the new Focus ST, the

Ford sound engineers were keen to ensure the audible delights from this totally different engine keep enthusiasts just as excited.

A significant part of this process is the reworking of the famed sound symposer, first found on

the previous Focus ST and subsequently employed to devastating effect on the previous

generation European Focus RS and RS500 models.

"People loved the sound of the previous Focus ST," said Capito. "The physics and acoustics of

a 5-cylinder engine compared to a 4-cylinder are very different, but like Beethoven and Mozart – both of whom created fantastic yet very different music – we believe the engine note of the new Focus ST will delight enthusiasts in the same way."

It's not only the engine note that sounds fantastic on the new Focus ST. The exhaust system –

with unique centre exit tailpipes – has been tuned to deliver a perfectly balanced audible

experience. Enthusiastic drivers will be rewarded with an orchestra of sporty sounds to heighten their driving adventure, but should they want a more relaxing drive, the refinement of the cabin and tuning of exhaust and engine note will give them exactly that at lower RPM.

Unprecedented Driving Dynamics

Incredible driving dynamics are at the heart of the Focus ST. Innovation and technology

combine to create a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most

demanding driving enthusiast, while giving even novice motorists an unforgettable drive.

From the driver's seat, customers will experience the newly-developed Ford Sport Steering

System. This variable ratio steering rack is designed to increase the agility of the Focus ST on winding roads yet still inspire the same high-speed confidence.

The unique system makes steering less sensitive when driving in a straight line, but increases

the sensitivity during cornering. Drivers can keep their hands firmly gripped on the steering

wheel through tight hairpins, maximising their control over the vehicle. It also has benefits in slow-speed situations such as tight parking manoeuvres, with less input needed from the driver to direct the vehicle into the space.

The Focus ST's Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also enhanced with Ford's

Torque Steer Compensation (TSC) system.

More aggressive tuning of the TSC allows Focus ST drivers to accelerate at full throttle and yet still find grip on roads with uneven surfaces or uneven levels of grip. The TSC system detects the torque steer that those conditions can create and communicates with the EPAS software, which then counteracts the effect to virtually eliminate the sensation for the driver.

Further enhancements have also been made to the Focus ST's Electronic Stability Programme

(ESP), with emphasis put on driver enjoyment. Drivers will have three modes of ESP to choose

from. These can be selected according to weather and road conditions or simply to match the

driver's desire for help from additional driving aids.

In the first instance the ESP works much the same way as the innovative system found in the

base model Focus, although for the ST it is tuned to be non-intrusive to the driver. This standard mode supports the driver on all surfaces, whether dry, wet or snowy, giving them the confidence to drive safely no matter what the weather.

The driver can opt to select the second mode, called reduced or wide-slip mode, in which the traction control is turned off. Traction is handled by the driver here, while the ESP is

programmed to intrude only as absolutely necessary.

Of course, the ESP system can also be switched off completely resulting in the Focus ST in its

purest form, giving full control of the sublime chassis to the driver when is a position to exploit it, such as on a race track. Only the sub-features such as the Enhanced Dynamic Cornering Control (EDCC) remain active, optimising the enjoyment of the Focus ST's abilities.

Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control

Through the corners, Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control is an essential help for Focus ST

drivers, a tuned version of the Torque Vectoring Control found in the base model Focus. The

standard system uses torque vectoring by braking, in which brake torque is applied to the inner

wheel of the Focus through a corner, reducing the understeer behaviour and allowing for more

traction, much like a traditional limited slip differential.

The Focus ST system applies this more aggressively and also adds Cornering Under Steer

Control (CUSC), which applies torque to create yaw torque based on the vehicle's understeer

behavior prior to ESP, both in power-on and power-off conditions. Combined, they ensure that

Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control is a crucial element in helping the front-wheel-drive Focus

ST be a true driver's machine, able to tackle any corner with supreme confidence.

Sports Suspension

Working in harmony with the advanced driver assistance features is the finely tuned suspension

setup of the new Focus ST. Uprated shock absorbers and springs lower the ST chassis by

10mm for a more aggressive stance while the centre of gravity is brought closer to the road,

which aids precise cornering.

The rear suspension has been revised with a number of new parts developed specifically for the

Focus ST. Key components are the uprated suspension knuckles and an all-new anti-roll bar

design, both the result of the development team's desire to give drivers an outstanding amount

of feedback and control.

The rear suspension of the five-door and the wagon versions of Focus ST differ slightly. The

wagon features angled shock absorbers – as in the base model – to maintain the optimum

amount of capacity in the luggage compartment.

Ultimately, both Focus ST bodystyles offer the same handling characteristics that will have

drivers searching out twisty roads.

Iconic Alloy Wheels

The iconic Y-shaped spoke design of the previous generation Focus ST has evolved for the new

incarnation. A set of 18-inch alloy wheels carry on the recognised Focus ST style but subtle

revisions bring them up-to-date for 2012.

ST customers will now have an additional 'Performance Pack' option which offers the wheels in

black with a high contrast red finish on the performance brake calipers.

Wrapped around the alloy wheels are high performance 235/40R18 Goodyear Eagle F1

Asymmetric 2 tyres, developed after rigorous testing on all kind of road surfaces and conditions, including the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

"The same tyres will be offered on the Focus ST in every country," said Tonn. "They are

designed to extract the best performance from the car on all road conditions. They don't

compromise on performance and get the best out of the chassis and driver systems of the


Bold and Muscular Outside

Globally the new Focus ST will be available in five-door hatchback bodystyle with European

markets also able to order the newly-revealed wagon version. Both models build on the striking

kinetic design of the standard Focus, yet add the muscular presence and specific performance

cues associated with a Ford ST model.

The performance intent of the Focus ST is evident even from a glance. The new signature

production colour, Tangerine Scream, reflects the exciting and energetic character of the Focus

ST, but even in the other available colours – Performance Blue, Race Red and White – the car

will shout performance. This is emphasised by the bold and muscular styling of the Focus ST.

"The changes we have made to deliver superior aerodynamics and vehicle performance have

made the new Focus ST even more sporty and distinctive," explained Martin Smith, executive

design director, Ford of Europe. "Exciting new design treatments at the front and rear give the

ST a more dynamic and purposeful character, making it very clear this is definitely a sporting


From the striking one-piece design interpretation of Ford's signature trapezoidal grille at the

front, through the sculpted side skirts and the dynamic rear bumper with prominent diffuser-style vents in the lower fascia, the Focus ST's design adds aggression and aerodynamic stability compared to the base models.

Drivers following the Focus ST will notice the highly effective roof spoiler on both models,

optimised to deliver improved high-speed stability and reduced drag. They will also witness the

unique centre-exit exhaust with a stunning tailpipe design influenced by the exclusive hexagonal mesh of the front bumper.

Around the world, the sporty design of the Focus ST will leave other drivers in no doubt that

they are seeing something that boasts incredible performance beneath that impressive metal.

Stylish and Sporty Inside

The exhilarating drive of the new Focus ST will have customers spending as much time behind

the steering wheel as possible. With that in mind, Ford's designers have worked hard to ensure

the interior of the Focus ST is a great place to be, helping the driver to feel as connected to the vehicle as possible.

The interior of the core Focus model is already designed with a "cockpit" feel, giving any Focus driver a sporty sensation. In the ST variant, though, that sporty feeling is heightened with everything the driver touches and feels reinforcing that it is unmistakably an ST.

Details range from specially designed pedals, steering wheel and gearshift to the unique Recaro

seats. The darker headlining and trim on the pillars, an integral part of the ST's design DNA,

adds to the performance driving feel.

With the seats, Ford worked closely with Recaro to give ST customers the ultimate in comfort

and support. The seats will not only hold the driver in place tightly during spirited driving, but will offer exclusive premium features like cushion tilt, plus length adjustment which is a unique option in this class of vehicle. A lower seating position has also been achieved to give drivers improved ergonomics and the perfect place from where to exploit the ST's performance.

Rear seat passengers aren't forgotten. An all-new rear bench has been developed for the ST,

sculpted using special foam. This will help rear passengers feel as secure as those passengers

in the front, highlighting not only the sporting intentions of Focus ST but also the practical

considerations that are part of its core DNA.

New Focus ST will be offered to European customers in three distinct trim options – ST1, ST2

and ST3. This approach is already familiar to owners of the previous Focus ST in the UK.

While precise details of feature availability for each trim option will vary by market, ST1 is the standard model, offering the key features like cloth Recaro seats, keyless start, front door scuff plates with ST logo and standard ST rear bench with centre armrest.

Focus ST2 builds on this with the addition of partial leather Recaro seats and dual zone

Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC). For right-hand drive markets, ST2 will also

include unique ST floor mats, automatic headlamp control, auto-dimming rear view mirror and

automatic wipers, features that are standard on left-hand drive ST1 models.

The top spec Focus ST3 increases the features with the inclusion of those exclusive heated

leather Recaro seats with 8-way adjustability and pull out cushion, plus the newly developed

Recaro rear bench. ST3 customers also benefit from Bi-Xenon headlamps to keep the road

ahead in total clarity throughout the night.

New Focus ST Wagon

The new Focus ST wagon shows just how far the performance DNA of an ST model can stretch

and is set to offer European customers something unique in the segment.

"There's nothing comparable in the market to the Focus ST wagon," said Capito. "It retains all of the practical elements of the Focus wagon and adds the unique ST performance, handling

abilities and refinement of the five-door model. We have high hopes for the ST wagon being a

great success."

A partire dal 2012 la Ford Focus sarà disponibile anche in versione ST, allestimento giunto alla terza serie ed ora dedicato anche alla giardinetta. L’hot-hatch dell’Ovale guadagna le stimmate da “global performance car” e verrà dunque commercializzata in oltre 40 nazioni, anche se la Wagon resterà un’esclusiva del mercato europeo. I tecnici del reparto Global Performance Vehicles hanno lasciato pressoché invariato il corpo vettura della Focus ST Concept, che dunque si caratterizza per la vistosa (e discussa) presa d’aria anteriore, per il doppio terminale di scarico centrale e lo scivolo posteriore per i cerchi in lega da 18 pollici, montati su pneumatici 235/40 R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Nell’abitacolo sono presenti sedili Recaro e pedali, corona del volante e pomello del cambio con finitura sportiva. Alla carrozzeria viene destinata la nuova verniciatura giallo Tangerine Scream.

Sotto il cofano trova spazio l’unità quattro cilindri 2.0 litri EcoBoost da 250 CV e 360 Nm di coppia, abbinata ad un cambio manuale a sei rapporti. Ford dichiara consumi ed emissioni inferiori del 20% rispetto alla vecchia generazione. La nuova Focus ST prevede inoltre una nuova taratura dello sterzo, il Torque Steer Compensation per evitare reazioni al volante durante le accelerazioni più violente, sospensioni sportive, i sistemi Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control e Cornering Under Steer Control per contenere il sottosterzo ed una triplice taratura per l’ESP, che permette anche di disabilitarlo. Le modifiche destinate alla due volumi interessano anche la station wagon. Quest’ultima tuttavia si differenzia per la taratura delle sospensioni posteriori.

A contorno delle ST ed ST Wagon viene presentata anche la versione da gara Focus ST-R, realizzata da Ford Racing ed omologata per partecipare a vari campionati turismo purtroppo nei soli Stati Uniti e Canada. Questo allestimento prevede il roll-bar completo, un’apposita taratura per le sospensioni ed alcune modifiche al 2.0 EcoBoost per aumentarne le prestazioni. Ford si auspica comunque di schierare alcuni esemplari della Focus ST-R durante i principali appuntamenti endurance europei, fra cui la 24 Ore del Nurburgring. Le tre Focus verranno esposte durante il salone di Francoforte.


Mah... i commenti sono gli stessi che ho fatto ai tempi del concept e quindi non sono del tutto positivi.

Il rosso le sta meglio, ma in versione Wagon non mi piace.

Edited by Touareg 2.5

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Frontale tremendo, interni che sono la summa del cattivo gusto (già di serie non brillano per eleganza), dettagli di dubbia riuscita.

La teoria è quando si conosce il funzionamento di qualcosa ma quel qualcosa non funziona.

La pratica è quando tutto funziona ma non si sa come.

Spesso si finisce con il coniugare la teoria con la pratica: non funziona niente e non si sa il perché.

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