Ford Australia’s new Focus ST hot hatch will arrive in local showrooms early next year priced from $44,690, available in either six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission forms – the latter a first for the nameplate.
Under the bonnet of the new Focus ST, the engine develops 206kW of power and 420Nm of torque, a substantial lift over its predecessor’s 184kW/360Nm output.
Three-pedal Focus STs also sport rev-matching technology, while its automatic counterparts feature paddle shifters and a manual mode.
Built on the same C2 platform as the rest of the fourth-generation Focus range, the new ST boasts more cabin space, a larger cargo capacity and 20 per cent stiffer torsional rigidity compared with its predecessor.
Four drive modes are also available – Slippery, Normal, Sport and Track – which adjust settings such as traction control, throttle response and electronic sound enhancement settings.
From the outside, the ST stands out from the rest of the Focus range thanks to unique badging, a honeycomb front grille, LED head- and tail-lights, sculpted side skirts, dual chrome exhaust tips and rear spoiler.