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» Prenewing the new Focus ST

Previewing an exciting new performance model – the new Focus ST – Ford is demonstrating to performance enthusiasts they don’t have long to wait for another special model from Ford Team RS. The new Focus ST – sporting around 220PS and finished in brilliant orange for its Geneva preview – will be introduced towards the end of 2005.

Powered by a turbocharged Duratec ST 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, the Focus ST promises, in its specification and its distinctive design features, to raise the new Focus’s reputation as a driver’s car to new heights.

“When performance enthusiasts see this car, they are going to have high expectations. The Focus ST is going to live up to them,” said Jost Capito, who heads Ford’s racing and performance arm, Ford Team RS. “This car looks fast from its design, and every functional attribute is being engineered to deliver on that expectation.”

Focus ST’s stance – low-profile 225/40 performance tyres on sculpted 18x8-inch five-spoke cast aluminium wheels – speaks driving confidence and grip. Inside and out, Focus ST’s design makes its performance attributes clear, but in a manner that also supports refinement, craftsmanship and practicality. Focus ST remains a comfortable car for everyday family driving.

“The new Focus was engineered to provide a flexible base for derivatives and is especially suited to performance models,” said Derrick Kuzak, Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “Focus ST embodies the ethos of what our Sport Technologies brand stands for: a great-to-drive product that is visually differentiated from the rest of the model range and appeals to performance enthusiasts without losing sight of its everyday practicality and accessibility to own and insure.”

Together with the recently introduced Fiesta ST model and the acclaimed Mondeo ST220, the new Focus ST epitomises the sporty attributes Ford ST models stand for: extending the strengths of their core models and enjoying clear differentiation from rally car inspired RS derivatives.

“We created the Focus ST using the same principles as the Fiesta ST, delivering sporting credentials with full family capability,” Capito said. “It will have performance and handling attributes like those we delivered in the original Focus RS, but will be a truly civilised all-rounder. . Our test drivers are having a lot of fun with it at the Nürburgring -- ocus ST should appeal to everybody who loves cars.”

Previewing the ST model so early in the product cycle demonstrates Ford’s commitment to performance derivatives and building the ST brand, according to Geoff Polites, Ford of Europe’s Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service.

“We’re serious about extending the ST family under the halo effect of our renewed commitment with Focus in the World Rally Championship,” Polites said.

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