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New Ford Focus ST gets 280PS

The all-new Ford Focus ST is available in both 5-door and estate versions. Driving dynamics on both are enhanced. Unique suspension, braking and powertrain configurations provide the most responsive and agile Focus ST driving experience ever. That sentiment applies whether you find yourself on the road or, better still, the track.

A new engine line-up is available with both petrol and diesel options. The former; Ford’s 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Essentially a less-potent version of the one found in both the Ford Mustang and Ford Focus RS. Whilst 280PS may seem a little short-changed to the RS’s 350PS, Ford assures us it won’t feel that way on the road.

And for those who want a diesel, the new Ford Focus ST has one offering 190PS. It maintains the spirited drive of the car, delivering a broad spread of power and torque across the rev-range.

An electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) maximises grip, and enables the power to be put down to best use. Ford claims it can re-direct up to 100% of the available torque. We’ll reserve judgement until we drive it and see for ourselves!

In terms of gearboxes, there’s a choice of 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic.

The new Ford Focus ST features selectable drive modes for the first time. This allows the vehicle characteristics to be changed, and allows for more extremes. With a non-selectable setup the car must be compromised and balanced. Whereas now race mode can mean faster, sharper, firmer.

Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) is standard for five-door EcoBoost variants and adds a further dynamic to the selectable drive modes. You will feel the difference in the sportier drive modes.

Intelligent technologies like eLSD and CCD make our all-new Focus ST the most ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ yet, able to switch from refined tourer to focussed performance car at the push of a button,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe.

We’ve incorporated learnings from programmes including the Ford GT and Focus RS to develop a mid-size performance car with a degree of flexibility that’s unique in its segment.

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