Frankfurt: 2012 Ford Focus ST Preview image

Ford has pulled the wraps off a new Focus ST hot hatch – and a surprise Estate ST version, too.

Ford said in a statement that the five-door hatchback Focus ST will launch around the world in 2012 and be sold in over 40 markets.

Taking the standard Focus as a base, designers added an aggressive grille opening, sporty front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear roof spoiler, along with a central exhaust. For this year, the automaker said that Focus ST’s signature production color is Tangerine Scream.
Other exterior color options include Performance Blue, Race Red and White.

The new ST uses a tuned version of Ford’s 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline-four cylinder rated at 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. That power figure is 25bhp up on the old Focus ST, and yet Ford claims fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of the new car are over 20% better than its predecessor – reckon on sub-180g/km and over 35mpg.

All of the power is sent to the front wheels, but given that the automaker piped even more power through the front wheels of the last-gen Focus RS for Europe, we don’t doubt the ability to handle it all, as much as we might have liked to see all-wheel drive.

Unveiling in Frankfurt about now, the Focus ST will be a true global sports car — offering hot wheelers from Tbilisi to Texarkana the same combination of turbo motor and stiffer suspensions.