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The North American based automaker Ford has recently announced that its newest creation, the Focus ST-R, has been priced at $98.995.

Well, we know, it’s expensive, in fact it’s so expensive that I don’t know why someone would buy it instead of getting a Nissan GTR-R, which is actually standing in the same price tag. According to the car manufacturer, the Ford Focus ST-R is actually a racer and it was designed and developed to compete in a number of events like the Canadian Touring Car Series, the World Challenge TC and the Grand-Am ST. If you took a moment to catch your breath, we’ll tell you once again that we’re talking about a Focus priced at almost 100.000 USD.

“Throughout 2011, Ford Racing will design and engineer a complete – and competitive – Focus ST-R race car that will be available for purchase by those wishing to compete with a Focus in professional and amateur road racing classes. When introduced, the Focus ST-R customer car will be the latest in the family of turn-key race cars from Ford Racing (Mustang FR500C, Mustang FR500S, Mustang Cobra Jet, Boss 302R, Boss 302S). These cars are available from any Ford dealer”, as the automaker says in the official press release.

The new Ford Focus ST-R is powered by a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine which is developing a total output of 247 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 360 Nm (265 lb-ft), being mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a Ford Racing clutch. Performance specifications haven’t been released yet and the model is equipped with a FIA compliant roll cage, upgraded brakes, a sport tuned suspension, limited slip differential, a Recaro seat and 18 inch BBS wheels with Hoosier racing tires.