New Focus ST debuts at Goodwood

Ford’s revised version of the high-performance Focus ST made its global debut on Friday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new ST is, according to the company, the most advanced of its kind yet and features a range of cutting-edge technology, as well as a diesel engine for the first time ever on the ST model.

New Ford Focus ST exterior

Alongside advanced new electronics, the new Focus ST comes with a sportier and more aggressive visual styling with a lower stance and sculpted bonnet, along slimmer headlamps and rectangular fog lamps to give the ST a rougher, more vicious posture.

Body-coloured side skirts and a rear-roof spoiler, along with twin hexagonal-centre tailpipes, black lamp bezels and optional 19-inch alloy wheels are also available. Paint options include a new dark grey finish called Stealth, along with Deep Impact Blue, Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black and Race Red.

New Ford Focus ST interior features

Inside, the interior of the ST has seen a similar overhaul with a clearer and more intuitive layout and fewer buttons than its predecessor.

As well as that, Ford’s new SYNC 2 connectivity system is also included, which has voice-activated audio, navigation and climate control features, along with a high-definition eight-inch touchscreen that displays the ST logo on start-up.

The signature ST turbocharger pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure gauges on the instrument panel make a return, along with a new flat-based steering wheel finished in soft leather.

Satin chrome door handles and aluminium scuff plates come as standard, as do new specially-developed sports seats designed jointly by Ford and Recaro, which feature the ST badging stitched on the headrest.

Three trim levels are available, with the basic ST1 coming with a choice of dark fabrics, the ST2 featuring partial leather available in body-matched colours, while the seats in the premium ST3 will be full black leather.

New Ford Focus ST engine

Under the bonnet, the new ST packs a range of new and powerful engines, including the new 182bhp 2.0litre TDCi diesel, the first diesel engine available in the Focus ST.

As well as offering great performance, with a 0-62mpg time of just a hair over eight seconds, the new diesel option makes for the most fuel-efficient performance Ford ever; the Focus ST TDCi will do 64.2mpg and emits only 114g/km of CO2.

A petrol option is still available, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 246bhp version of the award-winning EcoBoost engine. The EcoBoost is significantly quicker than the diesel, reaching 62mph from a standstill in just six and a half seconds, with 158g/km of CO2 emissions and will do 41.5mpg.

Both engines come with six-speed short throw manual transmission, as well as optional start/stop technology, which will improve the efficiency of the petrol EcoBoost by six per cent, helping to make it the most fuel-efficient petrol ST ever.

Despite the new sensible fuel-efficiency, the Focus ST has by no means become boring. Enhanced driving dynamics courtesy of tweaked sports suspension and revised power steering will deliver all the fun that the ST became famous for in the first place, while new electronic stability functions will keep a firm grip on the road.

The new Focus ST will be available to order from autumn of this year and is due to appear in dealerships early in 2015. Pricing has yet to be announced, but Ford have said more information will be available closer to the sale date.