Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Focus ST-R Will Show Off Global Performance DNA

By Ford Social Member

It’s hard not to get excited about performance vehicles, and the Ford display at the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show will house plenty of excitement. The Fiesta ST Concept, Focus ST and Focus ST-R will all be part of the mix, clearly demonstrating the DNA of Ford Global Performance Vehicles.

Focus ST

Beginning next year, North American drivers will be able to own a performance car previously unavailable on this continent. The Focus ST is the first truly global Ford performance car, building on the heritage of previous Focus ST models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design that the Ford ST badge represents.

Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine, which offers an uncompromising mix of performance and efficiency. The lightweight, all-aluminum EcoBoost engines provide the power of a larger engine in a fuel-efficient smaller displacement, leveraging three key technologies.

Mated to the 2.0-liter engine is a six-speed manual transmission, which has specially revised gearing to produce the maximum punch from each throw of the gearshift. The Global Performance Vehicles group devoted significant attention to detail to ensure the ratio of sixth gear was perfectly in tune with the Focus ST, giving the driver optimum performance while remaining long enough to help maintain excellent fuel economy on longer runs.

Working in harmony with the advanced driver-assistance features is the finely tuned suspension setup of the new Focus ST. Upgraded shock absorbers and springs lower the ST chassis for a more aggressive stance while the center of gravity is brought closer to the road, which aids precise cornering.

Focus ST boasts a highly effective roof spoiler, optimized to deliver improved high-speed stability and reduced drag and a unique center-exit exhaust with a tailpipe design influenced by the exclusive hexagonal mesh of the front bumper.

We interviewed Jim Hughes, Focus Chief Engineer, about the new Focus ST. You can click here to view the video and to read more about the vehicle on Ford Social.

For the latest information on the next-generation Ford Focus ST, click here to visit the Ford Focus Facebook page.

Focus ST-R

The all-new Focus ST-R has been crafted by engineers at Ford Racing - with technical support from the Ford Global Performance Vehicles group - to allow it to compete in a huge variety of series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series.

Closely resembling the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is distinctive under the skin as it is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully prepared competition car. It features a powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, FIA-regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.

You can learn more about the Focus ST-R on or by visiting this article on Ford Social .

Fiesta ST Concept

The Fiesta ST Concept indicates the direction for a high-performance Fiesta with muscular and sporty styling, a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain capable of delivering impressive fuel economy with low emissions.

We spoke with Jost Capito, Director of Global Performance Vehicles about the Fiesta ST Concept, and you can learn more about the vehicle by clicking here to watch the video on Ford Social.

A global Fiesta ST would extend the proud, 35-year Fiesta history of delivering high- performance thrills to small car customers. Iconic past models include the European Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo, and the more recent first-generation Fiesta ST. The five-door Fiesta ST Concept shows the promise for a globally available performance model.

Like the Ford World Rally Championship contender, Fiesta RS WRC, the Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost® gasoline engine to deliver high-level performance. The use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit in the Fiesta ST Concept and the Ford EcoBoost downsizing strategy in general reflects not only the current WRC engine guidelines but also the trend within international motorsports to deliver greater fuel economy through technological advancement. In the Fiesta ST Concept, the 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine achieves a target output of 180 horsepower with 177 lb.-ft. of torque.

Tuned suspension geometry ensures dynamic and competent handling that can flatter less-experienced drivers while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST sports performance.

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Ford ST global DNA

Beneath the skin of the new Focus ST lies the DNA for the ST range. Working together, the Global Performance Vehicles group – made up of Team RS in Europe and Special Vehicle Team (SVT) in the United States – devised a strategy for all future global performance Ford cars.
Richard V 10/05/2012
The Fiesta ST is a must in NA.
Bill Ault 04/23/2012
I'd like to get one with the European 86.5 mpg diesel engine!
Why not let Americans benefit from the increased mpg?
Beto L 04/18/2012
My goal is to trade my 2011 Ford Fiesta for the 2013 Fiesta before I reach 50,000 miles. Having Eco boost will really help my travels.
Some Guy 03/06/2012
The production Fiesta ST is being shown in Geneva this week. I'd like the ST to be offered in the U.S. I'd like it in 2-door form. While you're at it, please offer the 2-door model in regular trim levels. Furthermore, please install a 6-speed manual instead of the current 5-speed.
Kenneth B 02/25/2012
I'm with J Smith and would like a DCT version. It's probably too much to ask for a downshift blip also.
Ken Wenzel 01/25/2012
with over 90% of sales being Automatic transmissions I don't understand why FORD isn't making the ST available with an Auto or a DCT transmission. Since the same basic engine and horsepower rated drivetrain is being used in the EVOQUE by Range Rover I do not understand making the ST a manual only vehicle, unless they just want to sell less cars and leave the hot auto hatch to VW with the Golf GTI. Anybody who thinks automatics won't sell should spend time in a traffic jam in Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, or Los Angeles. Ford has some great products that ALMOST make you want to buy one. Bummer!
Stephen Hoffman 01/18/2012
I'd love to see the Fiesta ST in lime squeeze =)
J Smith 01/09/2012
I think ford should make a DCT (shiftable automatic) option for the 2013 Focus ST. Everyone likes to grab gears sometimes, but noone wants to have to all the time. I think if ford doesn't offer the option they will be loosing a significant amount of potential customers. Love the looks and reviews of the 2013 focus st, however I would not buy without a DCT option.
Michael M 12/24/2011
I've also owned a 2000 ZX3, and a 2007 ZX3 SES. Both have been totaled due to unforeseen accidents that weren't my fault. I would agree that the power plants are getting better, and they're more responsive/durable. The problem with the Mk1 was the brakes like stated above, and mine always constantly had a chatter while in neutral with the clutch pedal out. When pressing the clutch in, the chatter would go away, but everything was fine. The 2007 did not do that, but it did like to suck a bit of water on rainy/snowy days, and cause it foul out. Those are the only real complaints I have except for the rear brakes on the mk1, and mk1.5. They needed to have discs available other than for the SVT, and more commonly standard.
Michael M 12/24/2011
It's about time that Ford's talking of bringing a turbo model Focus to the states. I always told my friends that Ford needed to bring the Focus RS over to compete with the compact department of when Dodge had the SRT-4 Neon and Caliber available, and when GM released the Cobalt SS. Unfortunately, Ford didn't deliver, but I was still happy with what they had to offer. Just glad to see that my thoughts are actually the same as someone elses now. Lets just hope that the ecoboost 2.0 in the Focus puts down some respectable power, and has tuning/aftermarket capabilities with some support. The only thing I'm not crazy about on the new Focus is the interior. They seem to have gotten smaller due to the center console, and bigger people would tend to sit a bit uncomfortably. They need to open the cabin back up a bit.
John McCoy 12/06/2011
As a Mk1 Focus owner,the biggest down fall was the brakes. Very inadaquite. Once I upgraded mine to the SVT brakes. I'v been able to drive with more assurance. Hence,the ST being more powerful and heavier,I hope Ford has put a bit of attention in this area.
Hector Torres 12/01/2011
More power, nice looking, less gasoline use, awesome!
Kathy Gauthier 12/01/2011
I looked at it last night on a Ford site and I was hopeful and excited! I love it! I had a 2007 Ford Focus Hatchback that just got totaled in October! That vehicle is slick,sexy,comfortable,extremely great on gas and you get a whole lot of car and reliability for your money! Thank you for the chance to voice my thoughts! Looks like the Focus is only getting better!
Wade Becker 11/08/2011
I which they were making the Focus ST Wagon available in the U.S.A.!!!
Tomas Fec 11/05/2011
That Fiesta ST looks smashing...
Jason Lewis 11/04/2011
New Focus looks like a Mitsu EVO !!
Casey Payne 11/04/2011
Just waiting on pricing of the Focus ST. Please be competitive with the Mazda Speed 3 and less than a WRX.
Jose Alvarez 11/04/2011
SORRY, the note is for Dylan
Jean-Francois Dagenais 11/04/2011
Stop talking, start producing!
Joseph Heath Wallis 11/04/2011
:(. Was hoping for 5cyl power in the str oh well
Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Focus ST-R Will Show Off Global Performance DNA
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