Ford has unveiled pictures of its new Focus ST hot-hatch, some 18 months before the car hits the market. The ST model is a hitter version of the regular next-generation Focus that is set to hit the market next year.
The replacement for the excellent XR5 Turbo will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September, with Ford announcing that it will be available for sale globally from early 2012.
Powered by a new four-cylinder turbocharged ‘Ecoboost’ engine – set to be installed in the Australian-built Falcon sedan next year – produces some 184kW of power, some 22kW more than the engine in the current XR5. It is also estimated that the new engine will produce an impressive 320Nm of torque.
The front-wheel drive car has a six-speed manual, with the options of a ‘Powershift’ dual-clutch automatic gearbox as an alternative.
Pictured in its striking signature colour – imaginatively called “tangerine scream” – it is visually very striking and distinct from its Focus cousins with its Aston Martin-inspired front-end treatment, enlarged air intakes, large rear roof spoiler and twin hexagon-shaped exhaust pipes.
The tangerine colour is carried to the interior, which features leather sports seats with the lurid stitching. The dash will have the obligatory row of gauges, including a turbo boost measure.
Other features include a Sony audio system, colour information screen, wi-fi, Blutooth, USB connectivity, and a blind-spot warning system, which would suggest rather poor rear and side visibility.
It’s unknown whether any of these features come as standard on the new car.