At the risk of getting lost in all the ink-slinging taking place today concerning Ford’s newest pocket rocket, here at LotPro.com we still find ourselves rising to the bait concerning the news of Dearborn’s latest Focus derivative.
Earlier today, Ford Motor Company issued a press release in which it announced that it would introduce the complete global line-up of production-ready Focuses (Foci?) at this year’s Paris Motor Show in just over two weeks – September 30th, to be precise. Comprising the triplets is a 5-door hatchback, a 4-door sedan and a station wagon.
The only disappointing aspect of this morning’s news for small car aficionados is that they’ll have to wait nearly a year after the launch of the new Focus in order to get their hands on the hottest version.
Getting small and fast
The dictionary defines the word “focus” as “the center of attraction.” As it turns out, “center of attraction” very neatly sums up Ford’s plans for the new 2012 Ford Focus ST.
The four images that accompanied the press release show a Focus ST adorned in not-too-subtle “Tangerine Scream” paint and a plethora of unique body bits including an ST-specific front fascia that features a larger and more aggressive trapezoidal grill with the “ST” monogram in the lower corner.
Along the sides, larger wheels and tires, as well as lower body side sills lead to an aggressive rear diffuser that features a low center-mounted dual exhaust. Inside, leather-trimmed sports seats and a leather shift boot are trimmed in contrasting orange trim and orange stitching.
Putting the pedal to the metal
All that is well and good, but it is what’s under the hood that is of primary importance here. According to Ford, this newest of ST’s will feature a unique 247 horsepower version of the company’s new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injected Ford EcoBoost engine. Ford also promises that the new Focus ST will offer “driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound.”
As far as we’re concerned, 2012 can’t come soon enough.