Published on September 13th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Ford Focus ST On Sale In Malaysia Now For RM208,888- Competes Directly With The VW Golf GTi
The dramatic new Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car and is now officially on sale in Malaysia at all Ford Auto Connexion showrooms. Beneath the skin of the new Focus ST is a detailed DNA for the ST range, established in Ford’s exciting global performance car strategy. Working together, the Global Performance Vehicles group – made up of Ford Team RS in Europe and the Special Vehicles Team (SVT) in the United States, along with input from Ford experts in the Asia Pacific and Africa region – devised a strategy that all future global performance Ford cars will adhere to.
The Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine using Ford’s lightweight, all-aluminum EcoBoost engines provide the power of a larger engine in a fuel-efficient smaller displacement, utilising three key technologies. High pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) all help to create an advanced combustion system which brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to Ford’s petrol engines.
It produces a maximum output of 250PS and a strong torque peaking at 360Nm. The EcoBoost 2.0 in the Focus ST cuts both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by more than 20 per cent from the previous-generation European model. Mated to the 2.0-litre engine is a 6-speed manual transmission, which has specially revised gearing to produce the maximum punch from each throw of the gear shift.
The previous generation Focus ST was acclaimed for its particularly sporty 5-cylinder engine sound. With the introduction of a 4-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine into the new Focus ST, the Ford sound engineers were keen to ensure the audible delights from this totally different engine keep enthusiasts just as excited.
Unprecedented Driving Dynamics
From the driver’s seat, customers will experience the newly-developed Ford Sport Steering System. This variable ratio steering rack is designed to increase the agility of the Focus ST on winding roads yet still inspire the same high-speed confidence. The unique system makes steering less sensitive when driving in a straight line, but increases the sensitivity during cornering. Drivers can keep their hands firmly gripped on the steering wheel through tight hairpins, maximising their control over the vehicle. It also has benefits in slow-speed situations such as tight parking manoeuvres, with less input needed from the driver to direct the vehicle into the space. The Focus ST’s Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also enhanced with Ford’s Torque Steer Compensation (TSC) system.
Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control
Through the corners, Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control is an essential help for Focus ST drivers, a tuned version of the Torque Vectoring Control found in the base model Focus. The standard system uses torque vectoring by braking, in which brake torque is applied to the inner wheel of the Focus through a corner, reducing the understeer behaviour and allowing for more traction, much like a traditional limited slip differential. The Focus ST system applies this more aggressively and also adds Cornering Under Steer Control (CUSC), which applies torque to create yaw torque based on the vehicle’s understeer behavior prior to ESP, both in power-on and power-off conditions. Combined, they ensure that Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control is a crucial element in helping the front-wheel-drive Focus ST be a true driver’s machine, able to tackle any corner with supreme confidence.
Uprated shock absorbers and springs lower the ST chassis by 10mm for a more aggressive stance while the centre of gravity is brought closer to the road, which aids precise cornering. The rear suspension has been revised with a number of new parts developed specifically for the Focus ST to give drivers an outstanding amount of feedback and control.
Iconic Alloy Wheels
Wrapped around the iconic Y-shaped spoke alloy wheels are high performance 235/40R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyres, developed after rigorous testing on all kind of road surfaces and conditions, including the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
Bold and Muscular Outside
The new signature production colour, Tangerine Scream, reflects the exciting and energetic character of the Focus ST, but even in the other available colours – Performance Blue, Race Red and White – the car will shout performance. This is emphasised by the bold and muscular styling of the Focus ST.
Stylish and Sporty Inside
The interior of the core Focus model is already designed with a “cockpit” feel, giving any Focus driver a sporty sensation with specially designed pedals, steering wheel and gearshift to the unique Recaro seats.
The all-new Ford Focus ST in Malaysia will be available in November as a 5-door hatchback at RM208,888 (on-the-road with insurance for Peninsular Malaysia and private registration only). Available colours for the all-new Focus ST include Tangerine Scream, Race Red, Spirit Blue and Panther Black. Pre-bookings for the all-new Ford Focus are open and can be made at all Ford showrooms nationwide. Deliveries for the first batch of orders are expected at the end of the year. For more information on the all-new Ford Focus ST, visit www.ford.net.my or www.facebook.com/FordFocusMY. OR visit a Sime Darby AutoConnexion Ford showroom today to experience the all new Focus ST for yourself.