Ford has officially unveiled the high-performance version of the new Focus that we’ve been waiting for. The 2012 Ford Focus ST is set to have its official world debut this week at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The 2012 Ford Focus ST will be available in over 40 markets and is powered by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost engine that packs 247 horsepower and 265 lb-ft. of torque. The 2.0L engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The previous Focus ST was powered by a five-cylinder engine that had a distinct sound. The five-cylinder engine may be gone, but Ford’s engineers have worked hard to make sure the sounds from the new four-cylinder are equally as satisfying.
For buyers that love everything about the Focus ST, Ford has also unveiled a new wagon version of the Focus ST. Unfortunately only the Focus ST hatchback will be available in the U.S.
“The new Focus is a fantastic car to develop an ST model from,” said Matthias Tonn, chief program engineer for the Focus ST. “It’s a solid shell with precise handling as standard, as customers around the world have already found out. It doesn’t compromise on any area in any region of the world, and Focus ST builds upon that strength to give our global performance customers the car they want, the car they have been asking for.”