Monday, July 6, 2015
NEW FORD FOCUS ST - ENHANCED PERFORMANCE | WITH FURY FORD SANDTON
The new Ford Focus ST is the most advanced version yet, offering an even more responsive, balanced and refined driving experience with new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering. The Focus ST also benefits from the increased technology and craftsmanship that debuted in the new Focus which was launched in South Africa in March this year.
"Focus ST has proved very popular with Ford's performance oriented customers and the new model takes that to an even more striking and dramatic level," said Joel Piaskowski, design director, Ford of Europe.
Enhanced driving dynamics
The enhanced front-end body stiffness delivers reduced body flex during cornering, resulting in sharper responses and greater agility. The calibration of the Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and electronic vehicle control systems has also been revised to meet the specific sporting requirements of the new Focus ST.
Key innovations include the industry-first Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS) system as part of the vehicle's advanced Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Focus ST drivers have the option of selecting three ESC system modes to suit different road or track conditions - standard, sport or off mode. ETS senses vehicle stability and driver inputs, predicts when a skid or loss of control might occur, and intervenes as required using individual wheel braking to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed - for example in a lane-change situation.
Ford Performance engineers have revised the Electronic Torque Vectoring Control settings that optimise wheel torque distribution, to further maximise traction through corners, reduce understeer and increase agility.
The 184kW 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that powers the Focus ST has won critical acclaim around the world due to its exceptional combination of performance and efficiency. It is capable of powering the new Focus ST from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, while returning a combined fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100km.
Auto-Start-Stop is included for the first time, and improves the EcoBoost engine's fuel economy by 6%, thus making it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever. Ford's 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine uses turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing technology and high-pressure direct-injection to deliver uncompromising performance.
The 184kW high-output derivative was developed exclusively for the Focus ST with unique engine calibration, intake, and exhaust systems. The new Focus ST uses a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shift. The gear ratios - exclusive to ST - deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.
The new Focus ST features sportier and more aggressive styling than the previous generation, with a lower, wider stance; new dynamically sculpted bonnet; slimmer headlamps and rectangular foglamps.
The sports bodykit includes body-coloured side skirts and diffuser elements either side of the exhaust, and a rear roof spoiler optimised for aerodynamic performance. All new Focus ST models feature twin-hexagonal centre tailpipes. Black lamp bezels and ST badging complete the look.
Ford has redesigned the new Focus ST interior for a more intuitive layout that is also simpler, with a clearer visual connection between the key components and significantly fewer buttons in the cabin. An additional bank of three gauges - an ST hallmark - is situated on the instrument binnacle and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information.
The new Focus ST will be available in ST1 and ST3 trim levels. Standard features on the ST1 include keyless start, footwell illumination, ST-branded leather steering wheel and gear knob, ST scuff plates, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and an advanced Thatcham alarm and anti-theft system. Ford's SYNC® with Bluetooth and Voice Activation is included, along with remote steering wheel controls and dual USB ports.
"The new Focus ST delivers an even more sophisticated balance of performance, driving dynamics, refinement and style, which are at the core of the Ford Performance DNA," says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA). "Now even more enjoyable and rewarding to drive, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own."