Ford Focus ST

5 Мар 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Ford Focus ST отключены

At A Glance

THE Western Cape has great driving roads – better known than Over a bumpy piece of reminiscent of a tarmac rally the Tangerine Scream Ford ST grips hard and irons out with more aplomb the car it replaces. When flicking the wheel at the entry to a tight the driver is braced by the Recaro seat.

Swapping between and fourth gears ushers in a of torque that enables the ST to the tagliatelle of tar. All the while, the sings sweetly and paints a smile on its driver’s face.

It was traversing this challenging that the new ST showed its class. it looks an even better than its predecessor, a firm of the CAR team, to protect Ford’s in the hot-hatch stakes.

However, the is as per the regular Focus, which is to say In our eyes, the latest incarnation of hatch is over-styled and seems to be rather quickly. In ST guise, is the obligatory chunkier body larger alloys, rear and funky exhaust tip that from the centre of the bumper.

The test unit was painted in Scream, or eye-searing metallic Unlike its predecessor, this is available only with doors.

There are two variants, ST1 and ST3 and high spec in simple It’s the latter that we here. The two versions are mechanically and are differentiated only by their levels.

In addition to the decent level of the ST1, the ST3 features a interior, electric seating upgraded Sony audio and bi-xenon headlamps, among

Of more interest to petrolheads be what’s hiding under the The previous-generation Ford Focus ST a force-fed, inline five-cylinder that featured a distinct note. The new model employs an turbocharged four-pot, a configuration isn’t known for its rousing

As Ford was keen not to lose unique selling point, noises are created by clever that directs induction into the cabin. It’s not a reproduction of the predecessor’s vocal but it is very good. ST fans can easy knowing that it is one of the best-sounding hot hatches in the market.

In the ST we get the first glimpse of Ford’s technology, which basically to downsizing and the employment of turbocharging in with direct injection and valve timing to maintain while reducing harmful Displacing 2,0 litres, the all-alloy employs direct injection to an impressive 184 kW and 360 N.m of torque. These values put the ST near the top of its segment in of outputs.

Drive is delivered to the wheels via a six-speed gearbox. has yet to embrace the dual-clutch option for its ST a strategy that could hurt sales if you consider how DSG-fitted GTIs are sold.

testing, the ST was very impressive. By the grip and engine torque, we a zero-to-100 km/h sprint of 6,82 seconds, fractionally off claim of 6,5 seconds. By the time we had the kilometre marker, a true 200 was showing on our VBOX test

It may be a decent performer in a straight but the Ford Focus ST is more when the tarmac twists and As with other Focuses, the ST on an all-independent suspension. The setup has well tuned and the car boasts a that ideally walks the between sportiness and comfort.

importantly, the new ST has better body at speed, with the ability to itself quickly when with mid-corner bumps.

opted for full electrical on the steering rack, which a variable rate and requires 1,8 turns from lock-to-lock. does, however, rob the helm of The wheel wriggles in your when you floor it or when road camber changes, and it although this is to be expected of a FWD car this much torque on

There is no RevoKnuckle suspension or limited-slip differential to assist the wheels with having to and apply power simultaneously. Ford has opted for an electronic system. The system tries to the effects of a mechanical LSD but doesn’t the same.

That said, it does put its down well, with intrusion from the ESP until the starts to act really silly. is impressive resistance to understeer in corners.

The ST is a very easy car to fast. It takes only a time behind the wheel to into a fast rhythm. The grip levels instil and for those who are keen to explore the limits of adhesion, the balance from neutral to slight

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Overall, the new Ford Focus ST is a car. As any good hot hatch it balances practicality and performance. has been a step up in terms of quality and refinement.

Additionally, is a level of balance here the older car did not display.

Best of Ford has dropped a spanner in the by introducing this accomplished new at competitive prices; the lower-spec ST1 is good value at just R300 000.

Blue Oval fans no doubt rejoice at the introduction of the ST to date.

2013 Preformance Ford Focus ST

Those of you who are may want to see how it shapes up against its from other brands in our Preformance Shootout, here a a of videos to have a look at:

2013: Ford Focus ST Harris

British journalist and sensation Chris Harris the mystique of the serpentine Franschhoek at the wheel of a Ford Focus ST3 as of CAR magazine’s January 2013 Issue. Click to see the video.

We  pit the Focus ST, BMW M135i, Volkswagen GTI Edition 35, Opel Astra OPC and Mégane RS against each in a classic 1/4 mile drag Click here to see the video.

View the highlights of CAR magazine’s hot brawl, the cover feature of our 2013 Performance Issue. CAR test ace Deon Joubert and British motoring journalist Harris help the CAR team the wild from the mild in a and on-road shootout featuring of South Africa’s most compact performance cars.

The comprises the new Opel Astra OPC and Focus ST, BMW M135i, RenaultSport and Clio Red Bull Editions, 86 and Subaru BR-Z coupes, a Golf 6 GTI Edition 35, Alfa Giulietta QV, Audi A1 Sportback and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari. here to see the video.

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