2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The production version of the Ford Focus ST — and an unexpected Ford Focus ST Wagon for Europe — debuted on Monday at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- The Ford Focus ST gets a 246-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission.
- Ford said the Focus ST's signature production color is Tangerine Scream.
FRANKFURT, Germany — The production version of the Ford Focus ST — and an unexpected Ford Focus ST Wagon for Europe — debuted on Monday at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Still up in the air are pricing, fuel economy numbers and the specific launch date for the U.S. Ford said in a statement that the five-door hatchback Focus ST will launch around the world in 2012 and be sold in over 40 markets. The Focus ST was previewed at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
"It's the first performance model to build upon the design and technology strengths of one of our new global production vehicles," said Jost Capito, director of Ford's global performance vehicles in a statement.
The production Focus ST gets a 246-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford said it expects the new engine will cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by more than 20 percent compared to the previous-generation European Focus ST.
Ford said the Focus ST's signature production color is Tangerine Scream. Other exterior color options include Performance Blue, Race Red and White.
Other key design cues include a rear spoiler, side skirts, center tailpipes and 18-inch alloy wheels. A "Performance Pack" option offers wheels in black, with a red finish on the brake calipers.
The Focus ST gets upgraded shock absorbers and a lowered chassis. It also gets the Ford sport steering system, a variable-ratio steering rack that helps to improve cornering.
The cabin gets unique pedals, steering wheel and gearshift, as well as Recaro seats.
Ford released details on the European trim options, but not those for the U.S. The Focus ST will be offered in ST1, ST2 and ST3 levels in Europe. ST1 is the base model and gets cloth Recaro seats, keyless start, front door scuff plates with the ST logo and standard ST rear bench with center armrest. The top-of-the-line ST3 gets heated leather Recaro seats, a Recaro rear bench seat and bi-xenon headlights.
"Precise details of feature availability for each trim option will vary by market," said Ford in a statement.
Edmunds.com says: A case could be made for bringing the ST wagon to the States.