Ford Focus ST Edition: Upgraded specs for improved, personalised driving

Date Posted 24th August 2021
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A new special edition Ford Focus ST has entered the market with enhanced driving dynamics and unique design specs. The five-door hatchback has been elevated with upgraded suspension and light-weight wheels for the ultimate road and track driving experiences.

Tailored to meet the growing needs of true driving enthusiasts, this new version of the fourth generation Focus ST offers drivers the chance to apply their personal preferences to the driving dynamics. Using the racetrack tested, high-end Ford Performance-tuned adjustable coilover suspension system, you get more fine-tuning capabilities, more handling dynamics and an enhanced behind-the-wheel experience.

Ford Focus ST Edition: Precision and control

The Focus ST Edition features a factory chassis configuration that has been extensively tested and developed by Ford Performance at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Optimising balance and control through corners while working with the vehicle’s high-performance powertrain, the chassis also offers drivers the flexibility to further tailor suspension settings to their specific driving style or environment.

The two-way adjustable coilover suspension system is produced by motorsport specialists KW Automotive. It features twin-tube stainless steel damper housings and powder-coated springs, with a distinctive Ford Performance Blue finish. Focus ST Edition’s ride height is lowered 10mm front and rear compared with the standard Focus ST. Spring rates are increased by more than 50 percent compared with the standard Focus ST.

Twelve jounce settings give Focus ST drivers an even greater degree of control over cornering responses. The Focus ST Edition is also supplied with a technical document providing recommended suspension settings for a variety of driving conditions – including a dedicated setting for the Nürburgring. This further helps performance buffs fine-tune their driving experience.

The lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, equipped as standard with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, reduce unspring mass by 10 per cent at each corner of the vehicle. Able to follow the profile of rougher road surfaces and reduce the demand on the car’s dampers and springs, the lightened wheels improve tyre contact with the road for enhanced grip and a more effective response.

The Focus ST Edition continues to utilise sophisticated Sports Technologies to enhance performance. This includes an innovative electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) that uses hydraulically activated clutches to redistribute up to 100 per cent of the available torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheelspin. Faster acting and more precise than a conventional mechanical LSD, the system can pre-emptively adjust torque based on inputs from engine and vehicle sensors.

Ford Focus ST Edition: Engine and performance

The 2.3-litre EcoBoost all-aluminium engine uses a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger. This is alongside an optimised air intake and exhaust system to deliver 280 PS of power at 5,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. Anti-lag technology inspired by the Ford GT supercar and F-150 Raptor pick-up also delivers faster power in Sport and Track drive modes.

Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 5.7 seconds. Standing start performance is supported by flat-shift capability that holds the throttle open when the clutch is disengaged during upshifts through the six-speed manual gearbox. The Focus ST Edition can reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Drivers can also use selectable Drive Modes to adjust eLSD, throttle mapping, electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) and electronic stability control (ESC) characteristics to match the driving scenario. A dedicated Track mode provides the sharpest responses and the most freedom within the ESC system for the maximum driver feedback and engagement.

As with the standard Focus ST, an optimised steering knuckle design; responsive, two turn lock-to-lock EPAS; and performance braking system with 330mm front, 302mm rear discs and optimised fade resistance support enthusiast driving on track.

Ford Focus ST Edition: Distinct design

The Focus ST Edition’s practical five-door hatchback body benefits from exclusive features and specification inside and out.

The unmistakeable Azura Blue exterior paint colour contrasts with High Gloss Black detailing on the upper grille, front bumper wings and door-mirror caps, as well as the rear roof spoiler and rear diffuser panel. The roof panel is also finished in high gloss black and is complemented by ST badges edged with a black surround.

Inside, the Focus ST Edition’s standard part-leather Recaro sports seats are edged in Ford Performance blue stitching. The same effect is used on the leather ST steering wheel, gear lever gaiter, centre console knee pads and floor mats. The engine start button is also finished with sporty red lettering to complement the ST badges.

The Focus ST Edition is available to order now, and is priced from £35,785. In the meantime, check out our latest special offers on Nationwide Leasing deals to suit your requirements.