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New Ford Focus ST Heading To South Africa

New Ford Focus ST Heading To South Africa

The New Ford Focus ST is set to arrive in South Africa in the fourth quarter of this year, most likely November.

From an exterior point of view the main focus areas have to be the prominent one-piece trapezoidal grille with hexagonal mesh and the bold red ST badge, LED running day time lights, integrated rear roof spoiler and the centrally mounted dual pipe exhaust system eminating from the redesigned rear bumperat the rear. Well, the new Tangerine Scream signature colour which is said to match the Focus ST’s exciting and energetic character could possibly be added to this list as well, if it’s to your taste.

The new Ford Focus ST will make use of a 2.0 L four cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine which just so happens to be one cylinder less compared to the previous model Ford Focus ST which came equipped with a five cylinder turbo engine. However all is not at a loss as the new engine produces 12kW more compared the previous generation engine. The new Focus ST produces 184kW of power and 360 Nm of torque.

It achieves this through a combination of high pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging, and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT), as well as redesigned intake and exhaust systems, and unique calibration.

The introduction of a sound imposer in the intake helps to add character to the sound of the 2.0 L turbocharged engine which would otherwise have been muted. The sound imposer works by enriching the natural sounds of the vehicle by capturing internal engine oscillations and piping them through the interior. Although not necessarily on par with the sound of the previous generation Focus ST the Car Magazine crew claims it is still much better compared to a number of other four cylinder turbocharged engines currently on the market.

The Focust ST comes fitted with a six-speed manual transmission and uses the electric power steering in conjunction with the ESP system to cut any torque steer before it even reaches the driver. This basically eliminates the need for a mechanical diff which in previous Ford Focus St models would have necessitated the use of a limited slip diff (LSD) or the RevoKnuckle Technology.

Pricing for the New Ford Focus ST for the South African market has not yet been released.

Have a look at the two videos below for a taste of what’s to come.

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