Ford has released prices for the performance version of its latest Focus hatchback, the Focus ST.
Available in five-door hatchback and estate guises, the new car goes on sale this month priced from £21,995.
Three trim levels for Focus ST
The new Focus ST will be available in three trim levels: ST, ST-2 and ST-3.
ST trim costs £21,995 in hatchback form, with 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and Bluetooth fitted as standard. Upgrading to ST-2 specification costs £1,500 and adds automatic headlights and wipers, part-leather seats and climate control. The £25,495 ST-3 model gets full leather heated seats, xenon headlights and keyless entry.
Prices for the ST estate start at £23,095 with a similar £1,100 jump between each trim level.
247bhp turbocharged engine
The new Focus ST gets a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Although Ford hasn’t revealed any official performance statistics, expect a 0-62mph time of around 6.0 seconds.
The new engine is more powerful and 20% more efficient than the 2.5-litre motor it replaces. It produces an extra 25bhp, and returns a claimed 39.2mpg with 169g/km CO2 emissions (£195 car tax).
The Focus ST will offer savings over the competition, too. It costs £3,655 less than its Volkswagen Golf GTI rival, yet produces 39bhp more.
Sporty chassis modifications
The latest ST’s suspension has been retuned compared to the standard car, while Ford has also upgraded the brakes to cope with the extra power.
A new bodykit – featuring a deeper front grille and a revised rear bumper – distinguishes the Focus ST from the rest of the range.