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Ford has launched a more extreme version of its Focus ST hot hatch, which brings a range of dynamic tweaks and exclusive styling details.

Joining the Fiesta ST Edition, this new special edition can be spotted most noticeably by its bold Azura Blue paintwork, which isn’t available on the standard car. It also gets a range of gloss black elements, including its roof, spoiler, grille and rear diffuser. It’s also fitted with new lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, which are said to be 10 per cent lighter than those fitted on the standard car, and are also shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres as standard.

Ford says it has tweaked the Focus ST’s chassis extensively at the famous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, while it also gets a new coilover suspension setup. Produced by specialists KW Automotive, it’s adjustable and lowers the hatch’s suspension by 10mm, with even greater scope available to drop it further.

With increased spring rates and more adjustability in the dampers, Ford says the revisions give customers an ‘even greater degree of control over cornering responses’. A dedicated ‘Nurburgring’ driving mode is also specifically tailored for track driving.

Though the interior largely remains the same as the standard Focus ST, it gets new Performance Blue stitching around the Recaro sports seats, steering wheel and gear stick.

While the regular Focus ST is also available as a diesel and estate, the Edition is purely available as a five-door hatchback with a petrol engine – the same 276bhp 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine as the standard car. Paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, it unlocks a 0-60mph time of just 5.5 seconds and a claimed top speed of 155mph.

Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager of Europe, said: “The new Focus ST Edition takes the hot hatchback to a new level of handling precision and control. Not only does it offer increased poise and responsiveness for the enthusiast, but also gives the ability to tailor the feel and handling balance of the car to the customer.”

Prices for the Focus ST Edition start from £35,785, with first examples likely to arrive in showrooms shortly.

Ted Welford

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August 24, 2021