A heavily revamped version of the Ford Focus ST will be the highlight of next year’s facelift for Ford’s big-selling hatchback.
Although power will remain at 247bhp from the 2.0 EcoBoost engine,
Ford bosses are promising a far more aggressive look for the new hot
hatch, saying that the current car is ‘a bit tame’.
Tweaks to steering and suspension to further sharpen the handling are
also expected, as well as minor interior trim updates, but its the
exterior that will get most attention (see also: Ford Focus ST facelift pictures).
As well as a revised grille, to match the five-bar grille on the latest
Fiesta, expect pumped-up side sills and bumpers and a larger rear wing.
RS fans will be disappointed to hear there’s still no word on when an even hotter Focus might arrive, although a Ford insider told us that it’s still firmly in the product plan, along with a Fiesta RS.
Should a new Focus RS make it to production, the new four-cylinder
2.3-litre EcoBoost engine from the recently-revealed Mustang is the
Under the bonnet of the Mustang it already produces 305bhp, but that
figure could be raised closer to 350bhp for the front-wheel drive Focus
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