A panoramic sunroof, sequential LED turn signals, head-up display, premium 10-speaker B&O sound system, and heated and electronically adjustable front Recaro seats are also added to the ST-3, which also retains the rest of the appointments from the base Focus ST.
Carryover equipment extends to aluminium pedals, Ford Performance instrumentation, flat-bottom steering wheel with heating, wireless smartphone charger, keyless entry, adaptive dampers, push-button start and dual-zone climate control.
Multimedia duties are handled by an 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support, voice controls, satellite navigation and digital radio.
The only option available to the ST-3 is premium paint for $650.
The ST’s 2.3-litre turbo-petrol engine also carries over unchanged, outputting 206kW at 5500rpm and 420Nm from 3000-4000rpm to the front wheels via an electronic limited slip differential.
Though the ST-3 is available exclusively with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the standard ST can also be bought with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Ford Focus ST however, is still pricier than the soon-to-be-replaced $41,400 Hyundai i30 N, which is due to be refreshed soon with a more potent 206kW/392Nm 2.0-litre engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic option. Pricing for the new model is yet to be revealed.