Ford Debuts Performance Focus At Paris Motor Show

By | August 25, 2010

Ford will debut an “exciting performance model” of the next generation Focus at the Paris motor show in September. The new performance model is expected to be the evolution of the Euro Focus ST model’s styling on the new platform.
The ST is expected to be a front-wheel-drive, 250 hp hot-hatch. Power comes from a new Ecoboost (turbocharged) 4-cylinder engine, which replaces the Volvo-derived 225 hp turbo I5. The 5-cylinder engine, used in the Euro Focus ST (225 hp) and RS (305-345 hp) models, will be discontinued because it no longer meets coming Euro 5 emissions regulations.
So why should we even care about the new Focus ST in North America? A lot of reasons — earlier this year Ford’s Derrick Kuzak confirmed there will be a “global performance model” of the new Ford Focus! We have been stuck with a twice face lifted Focus since it debuted in 2000 and haven’t had a performance model since the SVT Focus was discontinued at the end of 2004.
Now that the North American Focus will finally be as cool as the Euro Focus, we can only hope Ford will come out with a Focus RS in North America (hopefully with a return of AWD)!

[Jason Udy, AutoCar]

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