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Ford Focus ST goes diesel
Actually, don’t bow your heads in memory, for you can still have your Blue Oval hot hatch in petrol flavour, packing the same 247bhp 2.0-litre Ecoboost engine as before.
But at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, Ford today unveiled a DERV-burning version of the Focus ST, a diesel hot hatch to rival the Golf GTD.
It features Ford’s 2.0-litre TDCi turbo four, bumped up to 183bhp and 295lb ft of torque thanks to a revised air intake system, new sports exhaust and ECU remap.
That’s almost identical horsepower, but 37 more torques, than the Golf. Interestingly, Ford’s quote of 8.1 seconds for the 0-62mph run is six-tenths slower than the VW’s official time. A spot of conservatism in the stopwatch department? Cold tyres?
Whatever way, the diesel Focus ST is a chunk less rapid than its petrol cousin, which gets from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. However, the diesel ST will be rather more humane to your wallet, Ford quoting combined economy of 64.2mpg and 114g/km of CO2.
Both petrol and diesel models have received gentle chassis revisions over the current ST. There are all-new front springs along with fresh shock absorbers front and rear, quicker variable-ratio steering, and revised traction control and torque vectoring software.
Visually, there’s a new bonnet, squintier headlights and a bigger grille, with a beefier bodykit completing the look.
Pricing? No word until the autumn, but we’d expect the diesel Focus ST to undercut the £25,765 VW asks for the Golf GTD.
So, a diesel Focus ST: an insult to the fine name of Ford hot hatches, or a damn sensible move?