On paper, the Ford Focus ST looks to match its strongest competitors. But does its impressive docket of potential talents translate into actual performance and handling excellence? To find out, we brought the Focus ST to the Edmunds.com test track to generate performance numbers. Acceleration was tested with 0-60 and quarter-mile tests, while braking was calculated using 60-0. Handling tests included a timed slalom and two trips around a skid pad to generate a lateral acceleration calculation.