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don CONSIGLIO
02-11-2005, 05:11 AM
Here it is. The official picture. It will be released in Geneve.<p>2.5 litre, 5 cylinders, 220 bhp<p> <IMG SRC="http://home.att.net/~biker16/focusSTmd.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.focaljet.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.focaljet.com</A><p>By: <p>don CONSIGLIO <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AM2K at 2:28 PM 2/11/2005</i>

SV
02-11-2005, 06:51 AM
the picture doesn't work <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

AM2K
02-11-2005, 07:27 AM
I replaced the pic above with a working one...<p>But not a bad car at all i guess. Just doesnt look sporty enough <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0">

bolita
02-11-2005, 08:16 AM
Well I think it looks really good for an ST...If this was the RS I would have been really disappointed!<p>The 2.5L 5 cylinder is the Volvo unit, right?

knicks125
02-11-2005, 08:18 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bolita</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The 2.5L 5 cylinder is the Volvo unit, right?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>most likely<p>is this for the US also?

bolita
02-11-2005, 09:01 AM
I doubt it as this is the Euro only Focus.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

knicks125
02-11-2005, 09:27 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bolita</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I doubt it as this is the Euro only Focus.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>that's just too bad

-Peter-
02-11-2005, 10:02 AM
wow, that new front-bumper looks so good :) compared to the normal focus.<p>

Andrey
02-11-2005, 03:04 PM
Looking good! IS it turboed engine?

spwolf
02-11-2005, 03:19 PM
me likey

SV
02-11-2005, 03:24 PM
i like it, can't wait to see it in a better color

DoMiNo
02-11-2005, 05:05 PM
Wow, I'm impressed. Call me crazy, but I'll even take one of those in that color!<p>But alas... we won't be seeing this one over here. What a shame.

Naga Royal Guard
02-11-2005, 05:34 PM
wheres hornbag?

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 05:49 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga Royal Guard</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">wheres hornbag?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Im here, sorry im late. Personal stuff.<p>Colour - great<br>Style - yep its there<br>Performance - sounds pretty good<br>Value - um, dont know, dont care, it looks good and its a Ford!<br>Quality - dont know, but it should be up to scratch<p>I dont know if i have said it b4, but i love the silver detailing!<p>Now to wait for it to come to Australia, and then buy one! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

ToronadoGT
02-11-2005, 06:03 PM
And the U.S. deosn't get it, Ford just hands out a warmed over first generation model and says "you're welcome". <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> Personally, I think the U.S. market needs a new Focus to replace the old one with Ford's dated, dowdy, and extinct "New Edge Styling" experiment. <p>I guess Ford hates it's home country. I wouldn't be surprized to see Osama driving a F-150. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 06:07 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>anorexorcist</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And the U.S. deosn't get it, Ford just hands out a warmed over first generation model and says "you're welcome". <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> Personally, I think the U.S. market needs a new Focus to replace the old one with Ford's dated, dowdy, and extinct "New Edge Styling" experiment. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, yes. We have all herd this over and over again. Sorry but its not going to come over there untill a few years i beieve. But by the time it is over there this car will look plain and dull??? I say put the Fusion/427 grille on it........... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

Shomare
02-11-2005, 09:11 PM
It's not going to come to the states. No C1 Platform for the US for quite some time if ever. <p>Solid Source

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 10:26 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shomare</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No C1 Platform for the US for quite some time if ever. <p>Solid Source</TD></TR></TABLE><p>On a Ford yes, but the Mazda 3 and Volvo S40 have the same C1 platform as the Euro Focus.

DoMiNo
02-11-2005, 10:28 PM
And those are both great drivers... I simply cannot fathom why Ford wouldn't want to bring the new Focus. It... it just blows my mind. I feel so neglected!

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 10:35 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I feel so neglected!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>A song i ripped off from Shannon Noll - What about me<p>"What about the US, its isnt fair, they dont have the new Focus, and no body cares, cant you see, they want the bloddy Focus, but Ford just gives then old facelifed crap"<p>OK, so i cant rhyme, but still, its the efforet that counts <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
02-11-2005, 10:59 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>A song i ripped off from Shannon Noll - What about me<p>"What about the US, its isnt fair, they dont have the new Focus, and no body cares, cant you see, they want the bloddy Focus, but Ford just gives then old facelifed crap"<p>OK, so i cant rhyme, but still, its the efforet that counts <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Brilliant!<p>Okay, next step: <p>Record it with music, burn to CD, and pop it in an envelope addressed as follows:<p>William Clay Ford, Jr. <br>Chief Executive Officer<br>Ford Motor Company<br>The American Road<br>Dearborn, Michigan USA 48126-2798<p>

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 11:02 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Brilliant!<p>Okay, next step: <p>Record it with music, burn to CD, and pop it in an envelope addressed as follows:<p>William Clay Ford, Jr. <br>Chief Executive Officer<br>Ford Motor Company<br>The American Road<br>Dearborn, Michigan USA 48126-2798<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks you, thank you, no please hold ur applause! I will be signing autographs after the show folks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>U know what, when i get my Apple computer i will record dat and send it to CLAY (hahahah, sorry if ur name is CLAY!) Ford jr!

Top Secret
02-11-2005, 11:07 PM
Nice car - can't wait till comparisons with the Astra OPC. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Shomare
02-12-2005, 06:05 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And those are both great drivers... I simply cannot fathom why Ford wouldn't want to bring the new Focus. It... it just blows my mind. I feel so neglected!</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>$$$$

davidChief
02-12-2005, 12:41 PM
Doesn't look too bad at all... any more pics around yet?<p>I'm guessing someone broke an emargo with this image...<p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by davidChief at 3:15 PM 2/12/2005</i>

davidChief
02-12-2005, 04:08 PM
Some higher res images here:<br><A HREF="http://www.forddesktops.com/default.asp?a=search&k=Ford+Focus+Mk2+ST" TARGET="_blank">http://www.forddesktops.com/de...k2+ST</A><p>Anyone else noticed that there is an iDrive style lump in the center of the dash? SatNav?<p><i>Modified by davidChief at 3:15 PM 2/12/2005</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by davidChief at 3:27 PM 2/12/2005</i>

Hornbag
02-12-2005, 06:00 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidChief</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">]<p>Anyone else noticed that there is an iDrive style lump in the center of the dash? SatNav<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Where abouts? I think my glasses are stuffed...

Krypton
02-12-2005, 06:06 PM
the lump next to the gauges lump, is it in the normal focus,might not be anything or navigation

davidChief
02-13-2005, 03:25 AM
This is the normal Focus interior:<br><A HREF="http://www.forddesktops.com/show.asp?f=focus&i=Ford_Focus_Mk2_41.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.forddesktops.com/sh...1.jpg</A><p>I haven't seen a lump like that on any Mk2 Focus so far...<p>

RallyCat909
02-13-2005, 09:53 AM
I like it. The rims are pretty sweet. Chunky and agressive.

PBH
02-13-2005, 05:13 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bolita</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well I think it looks really good for an ST...If this was the RS I would have been really disappointed!<p>The 2.5L 5 cylinder is the Volvo unit, right?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>isn't ford latest strategy to make ST's more sporty tho? and not have a RS, as the development cost and selling price would be too high? so this is the sportiest new focus were gonna see? at least until the R36 golf comes out?

DoMiNo
02-13-2005, 10:20 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shomare</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>$$$$</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Whhaaaa?? How could that be, when the Mazda3 is built on the same platform and costs the same or less than the current U.S.-spec Focus?

Hornbag
02-14-2005, 12:02 AM
But cos there is a pretty big price rise on this Focus, with the new found qualtiy, and i think Ford just wants this cheap car on sale. I supose Fords idea is, if we can keep this car on sale for a while, we will contine to make money of the old platform, and when people realise there is a new one, we will start selling it. And by then they will be so up them selfs, homeless and up to their heads in debt.

Shomare
02-14-2005, 07:08 PM
Ford is having a hard time selling the Focus. Focus enthusiast have had it with them and as such they have damaged their chance of taking a chunk out of Honda and others by not keeping the Focus fresh and competitive.<p>The new Civic will take a lot of sales back from Ford and with a 200 bhp motor from Honda, the civic wont be able to keep pace.<p>I have also heard that the next Focus will be a reskin on the same platform.<p>I think if you want a C1 Focus you should go buy a Mazda 3 or wait for the Volvo C30 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Gian86
02-14-2005, 07:12 PM
More pics (including interior):<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459762.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459765.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459767.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459766.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459763.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459768.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459769.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/4459760.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Autoweek.nl<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
02-15-2005, 12:36 AM
I think it is sporty enough. Back seat looks cosy! It looks great IMO. The only thing i hate is the green light on the dash, contrasting to the orange seats! YUK

davidChief
02-15-2005, 01:21 AM
Loads of high res images now online:<br><A HREF="http://www.forddesktops.com/default.asp?a=search&k=Focus+Mk2+ST" TARGET="_blank">http://www.forddesktops.com/de...k2+ST</A><p>

Hornbag
02-15-2005, 01:33 AM
thanks David<br>

davidChief
02-15-2005, 01:38 AM
<b>PERFORMANCE FOCUS FOR FORD AT GENEVA</b><p><i>Over the years, Ford has earned a special place in the hearts of European performance enthusiasts. Well be demonstrating at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show that the Blue Ovals performance story is continuing. With our preview of the exciting new Focus ST, with our renewed commitment to motorsport through the FIA World Rally Championship, with the recently-launched Fiesta ST and with more Geneva news, our commitment to enthusiasts lives on with passion and pride as we enter an exciting new chapter. </i><p><b>PREVIEWING THE NEW FOCUS ST </b><p>Addictive performance derivative will join the Focus range before year end <p>In Brief: <p>Exciting all-new ST (Sport Technologies) Focus due towards the end of 2005 <br>Turbocharged Duratec ST 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine will deliver around 220PS <br>Head-turning design signals sporting intent, but Focus ST remains practical for everyday use <br>Sporty interior communicates purpose and emotion <br>New Focus provides a strong base for performance road cars, competition models <br>Quicker to market than previous generation ST thanks to Ford Team RS and the 'shared technolgies' global engineering strategy <br>Previewing an exciting new performance model  the new Focus ST  Ford is demonstrating to performance enthusiasts they dont have long to wait for another special model from Ford Team RS. The new Focus ST  sporting around 220PS and finished in brilliant orange for its Geneva preview  will be introduced towards the end of 2005. <p>Powered by a turbocharged Duratec ST 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, the Focus ST promises, in its specification and its distinctive design features, to raise the new Focuss reputation as a drivers car to new heights. <p>When performance enthusiasts see this car, they are going to have high expectations. The Focus ST is going to live up to them, said Jost Capito, who heads Fords racing and performance arm, Ford Team RS. This car looks fast from its design, and every functional attribute is being engineered to deliver on that expectation. <p>Focus STs stance  low-profile 225/40 performance tyres on sculpted 18x8-inch five-spoke cast aluminium wheels  speaks driving confidence and grip. Inside and out, Focus STs design makes its performance attributes clear, but in a manner that also supports refinement, craftsmanship and practicality. Focus ST remains a comfortable car for everyday family driving. <p>The new Focus was engineered to provide a flexible base for derivatives and is especially suited to performance models, said Derrick Kuzak, Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe. Focus ST embodies the ethos of what our Sport Technologies brand stands for: a great-to-drive product that is visually differentiated from the rest of the model range and appeals to performance enthusiasts without losing sight of its everyday practicality and accessibility to own and insure. <p>Together with the recently introduced Fiesta ST model and the acclaimed Mondeo ST220, the new Focus ST epitomises the sporty attributes Ford ST models stand for: extending the strengths of their core models and enjoying clear differentiation from rally car inspired RS derivatives. <p>We created the Focus ST using the same principles as the Fiesta ST, delivering sporting credentials with full family capability, Capito said. It will have performance and handling attributes like those we delivered in the original Focus RS, but will be a truly civilised all-rounder. . Our test drivers are having a lot of fun with it at the Nrburgring -- ocus ST should appeal to everybody who loves cars. <p>Previewing the ST model so early in the product cycle demonstrates Fords commitment to performance derivatives and building the ST brand, according to Geoff Polites, Ford of Europes Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service. <p>Were serious about extending the ST family under the halo effect of our renewed commitment with Focus in the World Rally Championship, Polites said. <p><b>Strong Visual Performance Appeal</b><p>Focus ST communicates an athletic air  toned, taut and balanced  with refined sports styling outside and a stylishly purposeful yet comfortable driver-oriented environment inside. <p>Focus is ideally suited to performance derivatives, said Chris Clements, Chief Designer, Ford Team RS. With its fast silhouette as a starting point, we added distinctive design cues to communicate its more overt sporting characteristics. The result is a design that begs to be driven. <p>Designers evolved certain design cues established on the Fiesta ST to communicate Fords competition heritage. They re-emphasised the visual weight of the front bumper to give Focus ST a low centre of gravity and incorporated an aggressive inverted-trapezoid lower grille. The upper grille of Focus ST is taller and narrower than that of core Focus models. Both upper and lower grilles feature a graphite mesh with signature triangular pattern hinting at mechanical power. <p>Flanking the top of the lower grille, foglamp openings are trimmed in brushed aluminium. At the rear, reversing and rear foglamp features are given similar design treatment, while the lower bumper has been sculpted to create a visual venturi effect from which the chrome-tipped dual sport exhausts emerge. <p>Specially shaped sill mouldings  aligned with the chin of the front bumper  further communicate the low centre of gravity and agility of the Focus ST. Attention to detail  the special ST badge on the front wings  and performance  the highly sculpted, five-spoke, 18-inch wheels  communicate dynamism. <p>Focus ST also sports a more purposeful tailgate spoiler. Shaped for both aerodynamic and visual effect, the spoiler extends beyond the width of the tailgate to just above the high-mounted tail lamps of the Focus. <p>We needed extra width for increased aerodynamic functionality, so we floated the spoiler over the lamps, Clements said. <p>Details like the spoiler, plus door handles, mirrors and body side mouldings, are all finished in the insistent, spirited bright orange that is destined to become a signature colour for the first new Focus performance derivative. <p><b>Interior of an enthusiasts Focus </b><p>The interior design of the new Focus ST also plays a role in communicating its sporting credentials. Even from the outside, Focus STs unique additional instrument pod, incorporated atop the upper instrument panel, creates an immediate visual difference. <p>The additional instrument pod is one of several special design features inside Focus ST. Under its half-dome eyebrow shape, a trio of instruments  turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure  are grouped. These new gauges, as well as the 160-mph speedometer, rev counter, temperature and fuel gauges in the primary instrument cluster, are given a new graphic design deeply ringed in aluminium opal colour to match other brushed aluminium interior accents. <p>Focus STs black headliner and A-pillars give the interior a dark, purposeful intent, giving the Focus ST a jet fighter cockpit feeling. <p>These details are normally only found in the premium segment, said Narendra Karadia, Focus ST interior designer. It creates an interesting feeling, making the driver acutely aware of the outside. <p>The leather-wrapped steering wheel has increased rim section with bold thumb grips and three brushed aluminium-finished spokes. The bold red ST logo is engraved into the centre spoke. <p>Focus STs leather trimmed, brushed aluminium gear knob also features a red six- speed gate graphic. <p>Focus ST is fitted with special sport driver and passenger seats trimmed in a combination of leather and grippy orange cloth to provide optimal lateral support during spirited driving. Matching leather inserts differentiate the interior door panels and complement special brushed aluminium ST door pull sills. <p>Other aluminium details inside Focus ST are its purpose-designed performance pedals with rubber pads set in cast aluminium and its unique ST scuff plate finish panels. <p><b>Quick to market from Ford Team RS </b><p>Expected within a year of the introduction of the mainstream Focus family, the new Focus ST is quicker to market than previous ST models. It is one of the key benefits from the formation of Ford Team RS, according to Capito. <p>Faster delivery time is one of the synergies that have resulted from combining Ford of Europes motorsport and performance car engineering teams, Capito said. <p>In the past, ST models came in the middle of a product cycle. Now were aligned with the design, vehicle dynamics and powertrain functions to better integrate performance derivative development and take fuller advantage of the vast array of resources made possible by Fords global shared technologies approach. <p>Full technical details of the new Ford Focus ST will be revealed closer to its launch towards the end of 2005.

odic
02-15-2005, 06:24 AM
well, that orange color remind me of the RangeRoverSport<p>those wheels are <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/pukeface.gif" BORDER="0"> on a Focus. They're more something for an Astra or an Alfa 147. <p>Put ST wheels under it, like under the Fiesta and Mondeo<p>(maybe i'll chop it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> )

bolita
02-15-2005, 08:03 AM
I like everything on it except the wheels...looks like some cheap tuner put them on....

davidChief
02-15-2005, 01:51 PM
I'd tend to agree. I wish they'd used the wheels from the Visos or done something else retro.

Gian86
09-13-2005, 02:15 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/6777151.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/6777152.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/6777153.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/6777154.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Autoweek.nl

spwolf
09-13-2005, 04:21 AM
manual air? does it cost that much? I wish interior was nicer around radio, but everything else looks top notch...

martinbo
09-13-2005, 05:28 AM
Can't say I'm over-enamoured with the metal-surround plastic reflector inserts in the rear bumper. I can appreciate the designer's quest for continuity but these things look out of place, contributing to an unnecessarily fussy rear-end.<p>Other than that, I fairly nice effort from Ford that ought to take the fight to the VXR, GTI and Megane Sport. I expect that it will eclipse all of them in the handling stakes too...<p>But... ahem, is it more special than a GTI? Not in my books it isn't.<p>[I do like the inclusion of a boost guage, hopefully VW will add one during the ongoing minor improvements to GTI.]

davidChief
09-13-2005, 07:03 AM
Some high res versions of the new pics:<br><A HREF="http://www.forddesktops.com/default.asp?a=search&k=Ford+Focus+ST" TARGET="_blank">http://www.forddesktops.com/de...us+ST</A>

Nodnarb
09-13-2005, 08:16 AM
But there is no way that Americans would ever want a car like this or buy it even if they did want it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> A facelift of the old one and half-assed sedan with the ST badge on it is enough for us. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0">

CosworthKid
09-13-2005, 08:49 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>martinbo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <br>But... ahem, is it more special than a GTI? Not in my books it isn't.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Visually maybe not, that is up to personal taste i suppose but if it is more special than the GTI we will only know once both cars are tested side by side, and i cant wait. Plus remember that Ford Europe is legendary for its performance hatches and saloons in Europe and this car has what it needs to become the best Ford has ever produced....at the least i am highly confident that the ST and the GTI will be the best of the lot. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0">

Gian86
10-12-2005, 10:42 PM
In Sydney motor show, they unveiling Australian version of Focus ST, it's called Focus XR5!!!

MtViewGuy188
10-12-2005, 10:52 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nodnarb</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">But there is no way that Americans would ever want a car like this or buy it even if they did want it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> A facelift of the old one and half-assed sedan with the ST badge on it is enough for us. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>However, I think Ford might be quietly working on a surprise for the US-market Focus: a model with the 2.3-liter I-4 fitted with <i>Mazdaspeed</i> performance parts. Remember, the current US-market Focus chassis was able to adapt to the old 170 bhp Zetec engine, so a 2.3-liter I-4 with <i>Mazdaspeed</i> parts rated at circa 185-190 bhp (SAE 08/04 net) wouldn't be hard to accomplish. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
10-12-2005, 11:23 PM
Focus XR5, now that sounds absolutly amazing!!! Ford, you rock!!!

CosworthKid
10-13-2005, 05:45 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Focus XR5, now that sounds absolutly amazing!!! Ford, you rock!!!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hmmm...what if Ford desides not to use 5 cylinders in the MK3 and ops for a different set up. I think using XR5 might not be such a great idea regrdless of whether it fits Ford Australia's line up. You got any pics?Does the car look identiacal to the euro one?

CosworthKid
10-13-2005, 11:06 AM
This is what is says in the Ford Australia website about the Focus XR5:<p>The German engineered Ford Focus XR5 Turbo is on its way and will hit the streets early in 2006. And its a car youll want to drive. Boasting a turbocharged Duratec 2.5 litre 5-cylinder engine that delivers smooth power, the Focus XR5 Turbo sounds as good as it looks.<p>Why Duratec engine?Wont it use the Volvo unit like the euro Focus??Anyone has any specs on how the Duratec 2.5 engine will work??<br>

AM2K
10-13-2005, 11:15 AM
I am very very sure that the Duratec engine is the Volvo engine. <p>The ST engine is based off the 5-cylinder Turbocharged unit sourced from Volvo, but has been modified to suit the Focus a bit more. Because of this, its been named as a Duratec engine. Plus its a bit weird putting on the specs that the focus uses a Volvo engine. <p>All press releases refer to this as the Duratec engine. Its based off the Volvo engine, ford will not refer to it as that. This is from the UK Press Release:<p><B>Standard specification includes a characterful 2.5-litre Duratec five-cylinder 20-valve turbocharged engine developing 225PS at 6,100rpm and 320Nm of torque at just 1,600rpm</B><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AM2K at 7:23 PM 10/13/2005</i>

CosworthKid
10-13-2005, 01:49 PM
Yeah u are right,thanks for clearing that up mate. Silly from Ford though, EVERYONE knows its using the Volvo T5 engine so why conceal it as a duratec...Anyway, it will also be interesting to see if Ford Australia gives the XR5 some different styling as well,should be interesting

Redline
10-13-2005, 04:09 PM
I hate you Ford. I don't really like the reflectors in the bumper, but thats such a minor quibble I don't even care. I know I would hate seeing all the people in this area who would get them, because they would be the type who annoy me anyway, but if this was coming to the US, I could see myself looking at one in a few years.

Hornbag
10-14-2005, 01:16 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CosworthKid</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Hmmm...what if Ford desides not to use 5 cylinders in the MK3 and ops for a different set up. I think using XR5 might not be such a great idea regrdless of whether it fits Ford Australia's line up. You got any pics?Does the car look identiacal to the euro one?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Soon man, they are coming. Im waiting for my uncle to send me some, he is going to the Motor Show tomorro...

scorpio14
10-14-2005, 02:51 AM
Took these today<p><A HREF="http://img419.imageshack.us/img419/7104/xr50gj.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img419.imageshack.us/img419/7104/xr50gj.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://img419.imageshack.us/img419/8786/xr5back6yw.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img419.imageshack.us/im...w.jpg</A>

Hornbag
10-14-2005, 03:29 AM
Thanks so much man!!! Thats great!!! The 5 door hatch is stunning!!!

scorpio14
10-14-2005, 03:48 AM
Personally i liked the HSV Astra VXR better... BUT the Nissan Tiida Sports Concept was THE best Hot Hatch (Concept or Production) there

CosworthKid
10-14-2005, 03:55 AM
The 5-door MK2 usually does look better than the 2-door <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/images/smilies/sponge.gif" BORDER="0"> High probability that Ford Aus will only opt for the 5-door right? Since 5-doors make more sense for the Aussie markets plus the XR6 and XR8 are both non-coupes. Still, 3 or 5 this will be great for the Focus image.

Gian86
10-14-2005, 03:56 AM
That is soo mad Aussie sports version of Focus. That has much better looks than normal forcus hatchback, i hope it would bring the sedan version as well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
10-14-2005, 08:27 AM
Well our Focus models are sourced from Africa, and they only make the sedan and 5 door hatch. To import the 3 door would mean to source it from Europe somewhere, and even then there would be a premium price? I dont think its worth it.<p>I want a Fiesta XR4!!!

CosworthKid
10-14-2005, 12:26 PM
Hehe, Fiesta XR4, Focus XR5, Falcon XR6, Falcon XR8...finally the Aussie line-up sounds like a normal family!Still not sure whether XR5 will suit the car for next generations but still sounds cool and probably make a much bigger impact than have it named ST which sounds alien in the Aussie line up. So i guess an XR4 Fiesta is a dead cert <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
10-15-2005, 12:33 AM
I love this new naming!!!<p>But the Fiesta ST wont come to Australia, Ford have said. Pitty....mabey FPV can come up with a super hott Focus and Fiesta!!! lol

CosworthKid
10-15-2005, 05:42 AM
Would be nice, but since the Astra OPC/VXR will be sold as an HSV and the ST(XR5) as a normal Ford maybe there is not a market for an even sportier and more expensive FPV version since that would probably make it as expencive as an FPV Typhoon right??Maybe if Ford ever decides to go ahead with the Focus RS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
10-15-2005, 09:42 PM
I personally think branding that Astra as a HSV will bring down the brand, thats just my opinion. The Astra is rumored to cost $43,000 australia, any word on pricing on the Focus XR-5?

Top Secret
10-15-2005, 10:15 PM
Does anyone even know what 'XR' actually means? Does it hold any significance, or is it just two letters from the alphabet picked randomly?

bartolommeff
10-16-2005, 01:15 PM
ST stands for Sport Technologies, Ford of Europe's equivalent of the currently invisible U.S.-market Special Vehicle Team (SVT). This vehicle is the first performance derivative of the new-for-everywhere (except North America) Focus, and effectively replaces the old Focus RS. It is powered by a 217-hp, turbocharged, 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder engine (borrowed from Volvo, whose S40 chares the same corporate C1 platform) that is hooked up to a six-speed manual trannie. Typically, it also features an aggressive bodykit, larger eighteen-inch wheels and tires, sport seats, a special instrument cluster that incorporates a turbo boost gauge, and a tuned sport suspension. Don't expect anything this cool from Ford in this market segment to make it to the U.S.--ever.<p><A HREF="http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/2005_geneva/0503_ford_focus_st_euro" TARGET="_blank">http://www.automobilemag.com/a..._euro</A>/

Gian86
10-19-2005, 11:17 PM
Saw it on motor show, it looks nice on orange colour which suits better indeed for Focus XR5/ST. Can't wait to see it on our roads next year. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

CosworthKid
10-25-2005, 03:57 AM
New Focus ST site is fully working with info,pics and downloads <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://www.fordeumicrosites.com/en-gb/focusst/flash.html?campaignid=FocusST&advertiserid=Email_3&bannerid=Link2" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fordeumicrosites.co...Link2</A>

Gromit
10-26-2005, 05:08 AM
I'm not sure whether XR stands for anything, but does anyone remember the other XR8?<p>In the mid-80s, Ford of South Africa sold a 5.0 litre Sierra XR8 which was probably a hoot to drive:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.affordableclassics.co.uk/images/0176.jpg" BORDER="0">

CosworthKid
10-26-2005, 12:15 PM
Wasnt that the XR4X4 or something??

Hornbag
10-27-2005, 03:20 AM
Hold up ill have a look in a couple of minutes, i thought it was an XR4 X4 too...

CosworthKid
10-27-2005, 02:58 PM
This morning i received an official Ford Focus ST brochure in my mail,after request. It looks brilliant, especially in orange and blue colours. It comes in three trims here in UK, ST-1,ST-2 & ST-3. The ST-3 comes with full leather recarros in front and a special sculptured full leather recaro bench at the back which only sits 2 but is full-on racing stuff!Plus they all have what Ford calls Submarine Lighting which basically light the front console with a nice red light when dark. U can even concentrate 2 red beams on the gearlever so it looks more perposeful and adds to the drama. Prices, in UK, start at 17,267 for ST-1 3door and rise to 19,267 for top spec ST-3 in 3door. 5-doors see a slight increase in price as in normal models.

haji
03-23-2007, 06:14 AM
WRC Edition (Swiss)<br><IMG SRC="http://blog.worldcarfans.com/blog/8070322.003/8070322.003.1M.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://blog.worldcarfans.com/index.cfm/8070322.003/ford-focus-st-wrc-edition-for-switzerland" TARGET="_blank">http://blog.worldcarfans.com/i...rland</A><p>

bolita
03-23-2007, 01:21 PM
Too tame IMO... it needs wings!

CosworthKid
03-23-2007, 01:29 PM
I wouldnt buy a car with those stickers on it! Screams "SHOW OFF", haha. Other than that its just an ST with different wheels from what i understand. Interesting special editon though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/aliensmiley.gif" BORDER="0">

hilton
03-23-2007, 04:19 PM
well the XR4 has been confirmed for australia, i cant wait!!<br>and it will be priced around $25k

CosworthKid
03-23-2007, 06:00 PM
XR4? U mean the Fiesta ST?

haji
11-08-2007, 04:03 AM
ST500<br><IMG SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/articles/2007/11/7/9071107.006/9071107.006.1L.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://www.worldcarfans.com/9071107.006/limited-edition-ford-focus-st500-released" TARGET="_blank">http://www.worldcarfans.com/90...eased</A>

kaloryfer
11-08-2007, 04:21 AM
I looked at the name and thought they'd made a Focus with 500 hp. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">