Ford has announced a special edition Focus Sport model with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engines.
With upgraded trim and plenty of standard equipment, the Ford Focus Sport is the swansong for the current generation car, which is set to be replaced by an all-new Focus at the end of the year.
Ford Focus Sport: sat nav as standard
This new special edition Focus is good value; standard kit includes satellite navigation with full European mapping, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control, rear parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels similar in style to those fitted to the Focus ST hot hatch.
In addition, buyers also get automatic lights and wipers and a self-dimming rear-view mirror. There’s also ‘New York Ebony’ seat fabric, which is usually reserved for the luxury Titanium trim level.
While the Ford Focus Sport will only be offered in the five-door hatchback bodystyle, there is a choice of six exterior colours and the option of a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre TDCi turbodiesel engine.
Focus Sport engines
The petrol produces 98bhp, manages 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds and emits 159g/km CO2 with 42.2mpg combined.
The diesel, meanwhile, produces 107bhp, completes 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds and emits 119g/km CO2 with 62.8mpg combined.
All fuel economy and emissions figures are according to EU test results.
To be sold alongside all-new Focus
Prices for the new Ford Focus Sport start at £16,545 for the petrol and £17,845 for the diesel. This represents a £700 premium over the equivalent Zetec model, but looks good value considering the amount of fitted equipment.
Curiously, Ford will continue to offer these new special edition cars well into 2011. For a limited period, they will be sold – presumably as a value proposition – alongside the all-new Focus.