The updated Ford Focus ST has gone on sale, with prices starting from £22,195 - £100 less than the outgoing model.
Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, the facelifted ST features chassis improvements and reduced emissions, and is available in diesel form for the first time..
Engine options include Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost Petrol, which produces 247bhp at 5500rpm and 295lb ft. With this engine the Focus ST can reach a top speed of 154mph, with the 0-62mph sprint covered in 6.5 seconds. The firm points to fuel economy figures of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.
The new 2.0-litre TDCi diesel produces 182bhp at 3500rpm alongside 295lb ft. Top speed is placed at 135mph, while the Focus ST’s 0-62mph time increases to 8.1 seconds. It returns a claimed 67.3and emits 110g/km of CO2.
Start-Stop has also been introduced for the first time. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission.
Entry-level ST-1 models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, Ford’s ST body kit, air conditioning, keyless start and Ford’s SYNC infotainment system. Mid-range ST-2 models, which start from £23,695, add Recaro sports seats, LED DRLs, automatic headlights and wipers and dual-zone climate control.
Range-topping ST-3 versions cost from £25,995, and feature upgraded infotainment software, heated front seats, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
First deliveries of the updated Focus ST, which is available in both five-door hatchback and estate forms, are expected in February 2015.