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!