Ford Focus ST Makes North American Debut
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Ford Focus ST Makes North American Debut

2011 Los Angeles Auto Show


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Just the Facts:
  • Two months after its world debut in Frankfurt, the Ford Focus ST arrives stateside.
  • Only the Focus ST hatch will be sold in North America.
  • The Focus ST was engineered by Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group.

LOS ANGELES — Two months after its world debut in Frankfurt, the Ford Focus ST has arrived stateside, making its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Describing the Focus ST as "Ford's first global performance car," the automaker said it will offer the sporting edition of its compact hatchback in 40 markets, including the U.S. and Canada. While European customers can choose either the Focus ST hatchback or wagon, only the five-door hatch will be offered in North America.

The Focus ST was engineered by Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group, which partners the Special Vehicle Team (SVT) from North America with Europe's Team RS.

Power is supplied by a new performance-tuned and turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost direct-injection four-cylinder engine, coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The engineers have lowered ride height and upgraded shocks, springs and stabilizer bars, while fitting a variable-ratio electric power steering unit.

The Focus ST rides on Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 performance tires, mounted on 18-inch Y-shaped alloy wheels.

The car is visually differentiated from the standard Focus primarily with a more aggressive front fascia and grille, side skirts, rear diffuser and roof spoiler.

The cockpit comes with Recaro seats, as well as sport steering wheel, gearshift and pedals.

Edmunds.com says: Bring the Focus ST wagon, too.

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