The production form of the 2012 Ford Focus ST debuts in Frankfurt
The production version of the 2012 Ford Focus ST not only ushers in the era of globally-shared performance models from Ford but it also introduces the global market to the first performance application for the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Some markets (like the US) have seen the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 thrive in vehicles like the Ford Taurus SHO and the Lincoln MKS but with the Focus ST the EcoBoost name takes it shot at the hot hatch segment in 4-cylinder form. This turbocharged, direct injected 2.0L engine churns out 247 horsepower and 265lb-ft of torque; sending the power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission with a torque vectoring system in place to help make the most of that power. The main concern with high performance front wheel drive sports cars (that’s right, this is a sports car – with room for four adults and cargo), is the dreaded torque steer which causes the car to yank one way or the other under hard acceleration but helping to fight that issue in the Focus ST is Ford’s electronic power assisted steering and torque steer compensation system. Also, the EcoBoost technology allows the 2012 Ford Focus ST to offer 20% better fuel economy than the previous Focus ST but since that wasn’t available in the United States, American hot hatch fans may have to wait a bit for the official EPA numbers closer to the launch of the vehicle in the States.