We have spotted the 2019 Ford Focus ST wearing next to no camouflage at the Nurburgring. Read on for the car’s full price, specs and release date.
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- Ford Focus ST spotted without camouflage
- Specs include around 275hp
- Price of around £28,000
- Mid-2019 release date
Our Nurburgring resident photographer has spotted the new Ford Focus ST wearing almost zero camouflage as it undertakes the final stages of testing. It gets an aggressive body kit similar to the one fitted to the basic Focus ST Line. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release date.
2019 Ford Focus ST price and release date
The new Focus went on sale in summer 2018, so you can expect to wait another year for the faster Ford Focus ST model to be revealed – Ford has confirmed to us that the car will not be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. When it does go on sale, it’ll likely cost about £28,000 – about the same as a VW Golf GTI, but the Ford will offer more power.
2019 Ford Focus ST styling
The Ford Focus ST will look like a regular Focus wearing a race suit. It gets a ground hugging front bumper with a menacing honeycomb grille. Around the side, aggressive side skirts help integrate the car’s flanks into the aggressive front and rear bumpers and you’ll get alloy wheels ranging from 18 to 19-inches in size hiding bigger brakes than you get in the regular Focus. From the rear, meanwhile, you can expect the Focus to have chrome-tipped twin exhaust pipes poking out from a diffuser-style rear bumper and a roof-mounted rear spoiler.
2019 Ford Focus ST interior
As these spy shots confirm, the Focus ST’s interior will follow the lead set by its exterior, so it’ll be like a regular Focus – just sportier. To that end, it’s set to get its own instrument binnacle with additional dials, heavily bolstered front seats that’ll hold you in place in bends, a sporty leather-bound steering wheel that’ll be nice to hold, and polished aluminium pedals. All models will get a smattering of ST badges while a leather interior will be optional.
2019 Ford Focus ST engines and specs
Exactly what engine the Focus ST will get is the subject for much debate, with Ford telling us that even they haven’t decided yet. That said, an obvious candidate would be the proven 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol that was fitted to the old Focus RS and is still available in the Mustang EcoBoost – it would have no issues producing the plus-275hp needed to compete with other hot hatches this size. Another candidate is a tuned version of the four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine fitted to the new Focus, which be better placed to offer decent performance along with high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.
In terms of driving, this new Focus ST is likely to offer a degree of adjustability not offered in any Focus ST that’s come before it – so you can expect it to have adjustable dampers, that’ll let you choose between soft and firm settings, and an adjustable limited-slip differential that’ll help the Focus claw out of bends very quickly.
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