Pre-production Testing of a New Global Performance Car

OK, here are your hints about which car this is: It has a Sport Technologies badge. The Ford Global Performance Vehicles group (a partnership between the Ford North American SVT and Europe’s Team RS) engineered it. It’s coming to the U.S. this year.

Give up? We didn’t think so! We could hear you shouting from here, “Ford Focus ST! Ford Focus ST!” Pre-production versions of the global performance car recently made an approximately 1,500-mile trek around the U.S. Southwest, including Death Valley and Las Vegas, to see how it performs, including, well, focus, on the chassis, power and steering. Its high-output 2.0-liter EcoBoost® was put through the paces; the engine was developed for the Focus ST, and has specially designed intake and exhaust systems and a unique calibration. The engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission with sport ratios. A lowered chassis, high-performance brakes and a special suspension put the emphasis on handling and agility.

How’d the pre-production models do? You’ll have to watch the video above to find out! By doing so, you’ll also have an opportunity to meet the faces that develop and tune many Ford vehicles, including SVT engineers!

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44 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Richard G The Focus ST looks great, if it ever gets a DCT in the U.S. I'll be giving Ford my money. :)
1 year(s) ago via
Ken W Regarding the ST, it may have trounced a manual GTI but it didn't tounce and AUTOMATIC GTI since it won't be available in an AUTO!
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David Duperret https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-passion-du-rallye/208496875828559
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Bob Hill My Ford is a 1929 Model A Phaeton that is all original but the generator, still has the original paint and some of the original pinstripe. I pull a trailer made out of a Model T pickup box with all my camping gear and my 1947 Whizzer motor bike
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jennifer Falardeau Are you sure?
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ford Motor Company Bob Hill - We'd love to hear more about your Ford!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
I would like a hi-po rear wheel car , like a BMW, a SHO with a V8 and rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. I loved my 2004 Mercurey Marauder to bad they are gone
1 year(s) ago via
Rachelle Hefner FORD has so many aspirational models that I love, it's hard to choose, but right now I'm learning towards 4 vehicles (1) EDGE, roomy and you can fold the seats down and it looks snazzy and I've driven one, it feels majestic (2) MKS - so sporty, so nimble, so much "bling" in a driving experience and the sound system is beyond anything I've ever experienced (3) TAURUS - wow. So cute, So sporty, and is a head turner and, (4) FIESTA - believe it or not. That car is so adorable, so many artsy colors and what nice gas mileage I would be getting. THOSE ARE THE CARS ON MY WISH LIST for serious consideration. But I have to say if money were no object, in gas that is, I'd get the biggest SUPERDUTY there is, just cuz. What a majestic machine. wow.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian J I would love to see a car smaller than the Fiesta, such as a Fiat 500/Mini Cooper-sized car for us city dwellers!
1 year(s) ago via
Ilene L i am on my third ford truck and i totally love it.
1 year(s) ago via
JUST GOT 2012 BOSS LAGUNA SECA ABOUT A MONTH AND I LOVE IT.
1 year(s) ago via
Bob Hill My Ford is 83 years old and still gets me where I want to go.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jennifer Falardeau Call: Custmer Relations Manager for Ford Mo Co. 1-800-392-3673 ask for assistance.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Catherine V Pre-production Testing of a New Global Performance Car Ford Taurus Team RS Engineer Chris Kavin Ford Mustang Fan Zahra Nealy "The engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission with sport ratios ..."
1 year(s) ago via
عبدالعزيز الدوسري Hi I have Ford Explorer 2007 imported from USA to be used in Saudi Arabia. I reached to Ford- Aljazirah authorized dealer in Saudi Arabia for a regular maintenance But I surprised that they refused to service my car since my car is not purchased from them. what should I do !!!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Curtis H The Ranger is gone and Ford spends time developing this and 3 cylinder engines for the Ford Start ? Whats next, a 4 cylinder for the F-150? I presume the article sport ratio's to actually be a close ratio 6spd transmission . If so, that's a start to be used in future models that might sell.
1 year(s) ago via
Eli Sanchez The American market can use the ford Vigo and the Eco (I think it's called ) from you India and brazilian markets .... Two great looking cars
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Simon Awesomizzle Davies Bb mustang please! 7.3L would be fine!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Octavio Cruz I would like to know why ford did not add fog lights to the Edge.I got one and did not think to see if there was fog lights on it and after i got home i looked and needless to say i was rather disappointed when i found out that there was no fog lights. Every auto i've had prior to the Edge had fog lights and they are a big help so please someone tell me why ford eliminated them on this suv.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Patricio R I would like to know what will be the final price of this car, i mean, will it cost more than a Mustang? Also, will it be a only US and Europe car or theres any plan to take it to other countrys, as well as south america?
1 year(s) ago via
Charles Kubach I prefer the Ford Shelby Mustang with 460 HP and 24 MPG, now that is performance in my book, not some little wimpy cracker box with wheels.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
The performance of my crown victoria suggests not to leave this brand. So I am about to try Explored- new one..
1 year(s) ago via
Jeff W Have heard of spark plug problematic before , make them fix it !
1 year(s) ago via
Torii Lynn Lebel I can't wait to test drive this one, it is the one I am holding out for!!! I need a commuter car that is cute and this fits the bill!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lars Erik I live in kingdom of Norway. Have a Mondeo. Nothing but trouble
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Higgins I'll never buy another ford truck. My 5.4 triton blew out a spark plug twice, and now the head is ruined. They don't care. It's happened to thousands of ford trucks and they refuse to do a recall.They know it's a manufacturer defect and they don't care.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dan Eaton So why just show some boring interviews? I wanted to see the car!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rob King thinking about buying a new Edge did you make it smallerwe have a 08 and the new ones feel smaller thanks
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Petition to get WRC back on the BBC < like this page please :) much appreciated
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jourdan M. Bickham And when are we going to actually be able to test drive and buy this car? Obviously by the windshield slope and color, this is a Focus ST. Don't pull a VW and keep us waiting forever for the Golf R:.
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jennifer Mccormick Oh how I wish your engineers would design a right hand drive. I have always been a Ford girl but last year, my Taurus couldn't survive my mail route any longer (and neither could my back) so I finally broke down and bought a RHD. I've had issues with the transmission ever since. NOTHING BEATS A FORD!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ryan Rego Love it
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stick Bogart Are you a car buyer would you like to find out if you're in a fraudulent car loan??? Call your lender and ask for a copy of the credit application they received from your dealership it might be one that you've never seen signed or filled out..... You can sue a car dealer if they put you in a fraudulent car loan
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stick Bogart Why is it that so many dealerships in this country are Sending fraudulent credit applications to lenders behind the car buyers backs ??????
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Dilshan Nugara Dam Happy to work for FORD... Life with FORD never Ends
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Felhősi Sándor i love FORD !!!!:)
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Sneckenberg Built Ford Tough!!!
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Michele Price Looking forward to driving the new Ford Focus ST ;)
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Raul Meza What's the future for the Ranger?
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Luigi Rinaldo Hhmm i wonder if its the 2015 mustang!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Julian Figueroa la mejor marcaa!!
1 year(s) ago via Facebook
Roger Batts Ford finally listens to one sector of customers, but shuts out another by killing the Ranger in the US.
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