2013 Ford Focus ST an all-out adrenaline rush [Video]
Ford Motor Company has announced today that the 2013 Ford Focus ST has been officially SAE certified with 252 horsepower and 270 lb. ft. of torque. This will come from Ford’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Ford says that the new engine will feature an ‘Overboost’ turbo that will increase acceleration by extending the torque curve from 3,000 rpm to 4,500 rpm for up to 15 seconds.
What this means for anyone who likes performance, is that the 2013 Ford Focus ST is going to be one fast little compact car. We shouldn’t be surprised that Ford has developed a high-performance Focus, because the performance car wars are just starting to heat up again. And Ford is getting ahead of that game by developing a compact car that will perform like few others. In Ford’s press release, they said pilots will call it “the Focus with afterburners.”
The ST is built for performance-hungry drivers
Anyone familiar with horsepower, knows that it's more than just the number of ponies under the hood. The 2013 Focus ST also has the torque to pull the car hard through the higher engine rpm’s. The power curve will peak from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm making the 2.0-liter Focus ST one fast car. This will be the first Ford Overboost EcoBoost engine sold in the U.S.
Ford engineer Lisa Schoder says, “We limit peak turbo boost to maintain a wide margin of safety and durability over the life of the car,” she adds “But overboost is cool in that it tweaks more acceleration through the turbo for brief periods for performance-hungry drivers.”