Ford has created the first ever diesel Focus ST and it will be its most efficient performance car ever.
The new Ford Focus ST will make its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this week and it is the most advanced yet, offering new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, as well as bespoke tyre specification.
For the first time since its launch 12 years ago, the Focus ST will be offered with the choice of two powerful engines one petrol and one diesel.
The first diesel Focus ST takes day-to-day usability and sportiness to a new level by delivering the most fuel-efficient and lowest CO2 Ford performance car ever. The 183bhp 2.0-litre TDCi achieves 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, 67.3mpg and 110g/km CO2.
For customers who prefer petrol, the 247bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, fuel efficiency of 41.5mpg, and 159g/km CO2.
Both models offer Auto-Start-Stop for the first time, which improves the EcoBoost version's fuel efficiency by 6 per cent and helps to make it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever.
Joe Bakaj, vice president of Product Development at Ford of Europe, said: "The new Focus ST delivers an even more sophisticated balance of performance, driving dynamics, refinement and style the core of Ford's Sports Technologies DNA. Even more enjoyable and rewarding to drive and with the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own."
The Focus ST will also benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus. The sporty and aggressive new five-door and estate models will offer class-leading driver assistance technologies and connectivity features including the SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system.
Ford has sold more than 140,000 Focus ST models in 40 countries worldwide since the car was first launched in 2002. Available to order in the UK from autumn 2014, the first new Focus ST models are scheduled to be in dealerships from early 2015.
by: Rebecca Chaplin