I have posted this here, as many don't wander to FOCUS site.
In Car and Driver magazine, Ford Europe have the new FOCUS ST.
FOCUS ST has the 5 cylinder Volvo engine in it. !!!!!!!!!!!
Will it come here ??? Will I screw Paris Hilton, not likely.
Wouldn't it be nice to live in Europe, where they have these cars???
Further evidence of platform and parts sharing will be on display at the upcoming Geneva Autosalon. Ford's Focus ST it seems will make use of the S40/V50 T-5 engine, while a production version of last year's Focus Vignale concept will also be shown.
A front-wheel drive Focus with great-looking body work and Volvo's potent T-5 engine appears to be a smart package that should surely be successful in Europe - the only market the car is confirmed for sale in at this time. More significant for Volvo owners, the Ford's use of the engine means a higher attraction for the engine-tuning aftermarket with more potential targets for their upgrades. Even better, the top-of-the-line Focus RS might have a factory-developed Volvo motor of even higher output levels - hinting at potential R models on the S40 and V50 from Gothenburg or at least in the hands of someone with the stomache to perform an engine swap.
Also significant is the appearance of a production version of the Focus Vignale Concept from last year. P1-based, with folding hardtop and Pinninfarina sound familiar? It should, all these details have also been confirmed on the upcoming Volvo C70 replacement, making the Vignale an indication on the potential of the P1 platform and the technology that'll be used on the new Volvo droptop.
PREVIEWING THE NEW FOCUS ST
- Exciting all-new ST (Sport Technologies) Focus on sale towards the end of 2005
- Turbocharged Duratec ST 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine will deliver around 220PS
- Head-turning design signals sporting intent, but Focus ST remains practical for everyday use
- Sporty interior communicates purpose and emotion
- New Focus provides a strong base for performance road cars, competition models
Quicker to market than previous generation ST thanks to Ford Team RS
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 on sale 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 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.
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.
Full technical details of the new Ford Focus ST will be revealed closer to its launch towards the end of 2005.