Ford Motor Company offered up the Ford Focus ST for Hertz of Holland customers back in August but following in the tradition of the Hertz Rent-A-Racer program here in the United States, Ford has taken things a step further with the new Focus ST-H. This new hot hatch relies on the same drivetrain as the non “H” Focus ST models with a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine sending 252 horsepower to the front wheels via a proper 6-speed manual transmission. Like the ST, the Focus ST-H is able to hit a top speed of 154 miles per hour with 0-62 times in the 6.5 second range…making it one smoking fact 5-door rental car. The Focus ST-H also comes with all of the other standard features of the non-special edition Focus ST hatchbacks like the SYNC entertainment system and the unique body panels of the ST package.
Where the Ford Focus ST-H differs from the standard Focus ST is in the Panther Black paint, the Hertz Gold stripes that run along the side and over the top of the car and the metallic gold 18 inch lightweight wheels. The ST-H logo is proudly displayed in the side and hood stripes while the interior features Recaro race inspired bucket seats wrapped in black leather with white contrasting stitching. It doesn’t include any of the performance upgrades of the special edition Hertz Ford Mustangs but for those renters in Holland who want a high performance hatchback with the exterior design of the classic Hertz Shelby Mustang look – the new Focus ST-H is one great looking option.
Unfortunately, Hertz doesn’t currently offer the Focus ST in any form in the US market but American Hertz customers can choose from a long list of performance oriented models including the Ford Mustang, the Shelby Mustang GT350H, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Chevrolet Corvette, the Dodge Challenger and more so while you can’t rent the Focus ST in the US – you can rent a bunch of other cars that will offer up more performance than the hot Ford hatchback.
The Ford Focus ST-H is available at the price of 90 Euros a day (about $124 US dollars per day) so the next time that you swing over to Amsterdam for a weekend of debauchery you can arrive in American style. Well, the type of American style that was designed in conjunction with Ford’s European division which had been offering a variety of high performance compacts for years before the Focus ST arrived in the US but in any case, Americans making a trip to Holland can enjoy this roomy turbocharged hatchback with a unique vintage Shelby scheme.