Ford is on a roll with its current lineup and the hits just keep coming. Take the Focus, you can get it in a sedan, hatchback or wagon and it looks the part of a sporty vehicle with flared fenders, cool wheels and an aggressive look. Add to those looks a blacked-out grill, monochromatic exterior colors and a big rear wing and you’ve got a recipe for a hot hatch posed to take on the likes of the VW GTI, MazdaSpeed3 and Honda Civic Si.
ST, which stands for Sport Technologies, packs a peach of an engine; a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four cylinder with 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque; all of which is due to high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbo charging and variable cam timing. Coupled with a six-speed manual, Ford expects the ST to 23 city and 32 highway miles per gallon.
As a five-door only, ST encompasses comfort and sport in a compact design that is made to enthrall the driver while still having the ability to pick up the kids from school and a bunch of groceries from the supermarket.
Like most of the newest sports cars today, Focus ST had the pleasure of cutting its teeth on the Nürburgring. It should handle with the best of the sport-compact class, maybe even better than most since this ST is based on the European version which is historically a great handler.
Good looks, great handling and a sweet engine makes for a righteous ride for any discerning automobile lover.