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  • 2015 Focus ST Global Debut June 27th


    GOODWOOD, U.K., June 23, 2014
    – The new Ford Focus ST will make its global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, June 27. Ford’s new performance model headlines the First Glance category, with professional drivers showcasing the car’s abilities on the world-famous hill climb on all three days of the event.

    Benefiting from technology and quality improvements revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus, Focus ST will be displayed on the Ford stand at Goodwood. First launched in 2002, Focus ST has now seen sales of more than 140,000 units in more than 40 countries.

    Ford also is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever “virtual versus real” race on the hill. On its first run each day, the new Focus ST will compete in real time against the Focus ST featured in the Gran Turismo®6 game for PlayStation®3.

    A designated gamer at the Ford stand will match skills against Ben Collins – formerly The Stig of Top Gear – with the action displayed on big screens throughout the festival. Visitors to the Ford stand also have the chance to record their own times on the Gran Turismo 6 simulators.

    Also starring at Goodwood will be the all-new Ford Mustang that makes its first U.K. appearance. A 5.0-liter V8 fastback will take part in the Supercar Class, with Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put at the wheel. Ford also will display a Mustang convertible.

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    1. jinstall's Avatar
      jinstall -
      "snicker" Already so may are making negative comments.
    1. suss6052's Avatar
      suss6052 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jinstall View Post
      "snicker" Already so may are making negative comments.
      Why would you expect anything different, lots of people will love it, but lots of people won't. Of course those who already own an ST are now less likely to replace theirs with another one in the event that they did not like the way the new one looks.

      Personally I'm not sold on the new design, but I have also not seen it in it's entirety. I do like how they brought back a very close analog to Frosted Glass on the European press launch of the 2014/2015 Estate, but am reserving judgement in total of the ST until I see it completely.
    1. MK3 ST3's Avatar
      MK3 ST3 -
      I hope the grille is larger than the regular Focus, more like ours. Or else it will look strange. Grille has to be as big as the Fiesta or else it will look comical.

      I'm done with the C1MCA ST. If I get another C1MCA car it will be an RS, I just hope my Weather Tech mats (Floor Liner and Cargo Liner), as well as my LED Fog Lamps, and Bike Rack carry over to that car (I'd hope they didn't change the doors or roof). I'll rebuy the mud flaps (they will be worn out by then) and I'll get the latest version of the hood struts (as I'm sure the new hoods will need a different design).
    1. jinstall's Avatar
      jinstall -
      Attachment 11540The only thing I really like about it is the front redesign. The hood and better flow design of the front grills.Mind that this is only a guess, and looking at the vast openingin the grill, this will not be the actual car. I.e, no crash bar.
    1. jthj's Avatar
      jthj -
      The hood gap certainly is tighter. And I do like the creases on the hood as well.


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    1. Chad's Avatar
      Chad -
      I like that front end a lot. Big improvement. IF it is real..
    1. TheFil04's Avatar
      TheFil04 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jinstall View Post
      Attachment 11540The only thing I really like about it is the front redesign. The hood and better flow design of the front grills.Mind that this is only a guess, and looking at the vast openingin the grill, this will not be the actual car. I.e, no crash bar.
      This is not an official rendering.
    1. Chad's Avatar
      Chad -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheFil04 View Post
      This is not an official rendering.
      LOL I think he knows that.
    1. jthj's Avatar
      jthj -
      I still like how the front end of my ST looks. But if this is real it's nice to see Ford listened and addressed hood gap. On my particular copy the hood gap is decent but I know it really bothers some.


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    1. dem778's Avatar
      dem778 -
      Here we go folks!

      Autoblog: 2015 Ford Focus ST

      The Brits don't really have a major auto show these days. Not in a conventional sense, anyway, with stationary vehicles under floodlights in a closed exposition space. What they do have, you could argue, is much better: the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the public can view the latest machinery not only under an open sky, but in motion as well, speeding up Lord March's front lawn. And this year, British automakers are rolling in with some very enticing new metal.

      In the past few days alone we've confirmed the McLaren 650S GT3 and MSO, Jaguar F-Type Project 7, Range Rover Sport SVR and Ariel Ace will all be revealed for the first time at Goodwood this weekend. Ford isn't, strictly speaking, a British automaker, but for all its history in the UK, it might as well. So it's chosen Goodwood as the site to unveil its refreshed Focus ST.

      The upgraded Blue Oval hot hatch still packs a 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque driving through a six-speed manual to the front wheels, so we're not expecting much change in measurable performance. But Ford has given the new Focus ST a new front suspension setup and a new electric power-assisted steering rack that combine to promise improved handling.

      While it was at it, Ford has equipped the 2015 Focus ST with redesigned front and rear fascias, HID and LED lighting, 18-inch wheels and an improved cabin complete with a redesigned center stack, center console and front door panels, a new flat-bottom steering wheel and standard rear-view camera. Buyers will also be able to opt for a new shade of silver and black or red racing stripes as well as a heated steering wheel and eight-way power driver's seat – all of which promises to make one of our favorite hot hatches that much better, and that can be no bad thing.
    1. Shomare's Avatar
      Shomare -
      I like the list of improvements. Would seem that someone at Ford is listening to us since they fixed most of the things we bitched about. Now if they would just move the truck release button.
    1. Xicutioner's Avatar
      Xicutioner -
      Hey everyone, long time lurker here... I currently own a SHO, looking to purchase an ST this year. Anyway, just thought I would post the full press release.

      "Ford Reveals New Focus ST at Goodwood; Demonstrates Model's Enhanced Driving Dynamics on Famous Hill Climb

      - New 2015 Ford Focus ST makes global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the perfect venue to demonstrate the significantly enhanced driving dynamics of the new model
      - Updated tuning provides increased handling refinement and improved steering feel to help deliver a driving experience that is more responsive and balanced
      - Beautifully crafted cockpit-like interior features ergonomic controls, Recaro seats and sports steering wheel

      GOODWOOD, U.K., June 27, 2014 – The 2015 Ford Focus ST makes its global debut today at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the ideal venue for showcasing the enhanced driving dynamics of Ford's global performance version of the new Focus.

      "Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "Now, with improved dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch worldwide."

      Focus ST will benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus – the world's best-selling global nameplate. Ford introduced the first Focus ST in 2002; since then, more than 140,000 examples have been sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

      Refinements for the upgraded 2015 Focus ST include:

      - Redesigned, sportier front and rear fascias
      - HID headlamps standard with ST2 and ST3 trim levels with Recaro seats
      - Standard LED signature lighting
      - 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels standard
      - Available new 18-inch alloy wheel design with red painted brake calipers
      - New exterior color, Magnetic Metallic, replaces Ingot Silver
      - Two over-the-top stripe choices now available – Satin Black and High Gloss Red, stripes come with matching mirror skull caps
      - Redesigned instrument panel center stack with improved climate controls and new finishes
      - New center console with more storage space including a new media bin with USB smart charging port, which charges two times faster than previous USB port
      - Updated front door storage with cupholders
      - New flat-bottom steering wheel to provide extra leg clearance for the driver
      - Available heated steering wheel
      - Available eight-way power driver's seat
      - Revised steering for improved feel
      - Rear view camera standard


      Enhanced driving dynamics
      Ford Team RS, the award-winning European arm of Ford's Global Performance Vehicle group, made improving the entire driving experience the No. 1 objective for the new Focus ST.

      The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier shock absorber tuning front and rear to deliver even sharper dynamic performance. The electric power-assisted steering has also been revised to provide the Focus ST driver with improved steering feel.

      "We are proud Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics, and the new Focus ST further ups the ante," said Nair. "The engineering enhancements to the suspension and steering deliver greater responsiveness, agility and precision – all of which will reward the performance enthusiast with an exhilarating driving experience."

      Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine uses turbocharging, twin independent variable camshaft timing and high-pressure direct injection to deliver uncompromising performance. Peak output of 252 horsepower is available at 5,500 rpm, while torque peaks at 270 lb.-ft. at 2,500 rpm.

      The engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shifter. The gear ratios – exclusive to ST – deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.

      Powerful appearance
      The new Focus ST features sportier and more aggressive styling than the previous generation, with a lower, wider stance; new dynamically sculpted hood; slimmer headlamps and rectangular fog lamps.

      The sports body kit also includes body‑colored side skirts and diffuser elements either side of the exhaust, and a rear roof spoiler optimized for aerodynamic performance. All new Focus ST models feature twin-hexagonal center tailpipes.

      "The design of the new Focus is stronger and sportier, and that allowed us to make the new ST even more aggressive and dramatic," said Moray Callum, Ford group vice president, Global Design. "The front bumper is deeper, the honeycomb upper grille is higher and more upright, and the lower grille is larger. The deeper rear bumper really emphasizes the width of the car."

      Cockpit-style cabin
      Ford has redesigned the Focus interior for a more intuitive layout, with a clearer visual connection between key components and significantly fewer buttons in the cabin.

      An additional bank of three gauges – an ST hallmark – is situated in a central instrument pod and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information. A new, flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim, a satin chrome-topped gear lever and ST pedals deliver the interior ST drivers expect.

      Satin chrome door grab handles and aluminum scuff plates with illumination add extra touches of refinement. The car's sport seats developed jointly by Ford and Recaro provide the support required to fully enjoy the ST driving experience, along with comfort for everyday driving.

      The new Focus ST will be available in ST1, ST2 and ST3 trim levels. ST1 seats feature gray/charcoal/anthracite black fabric; ST2 adds partial leather with base and side bolsters available in four colors – Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm or Race Red; ST3 seats have full charcoal black leather finish.

      Advanced technologies
      Driver-assist, convenience and connectivity technologies include Ford SYNC®. 2015 Focus ST drivers will have access to powerful capabilities thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink™.

      Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store."
      I'm quite happy that they are now including the HID headlights in the ST2. When I first started building it on the Ford website I was disappointed that you had to get the black heated seats in order to get the HIDs. However, the heated steering wheel (which is sure to be ST3 only knowing Ford) is making me once again consider the ST3. When I order the 2014 SHO I was like ahh I don't need all these extras so the SHO is completely baseline (for a SHO at least). However, I do wish I would have picked up the adaptive cruise control and heated steering wheel from the 402 package.

      My dad who is a manager pretty high up in Ford told me that the RS is coming to US. Now that we have spy shots of it it looks like that's a confirmation. I wonder what the sticker / A plan will be on one of those. I suppose if I start on that road I will completely derail this topic so nevermind... haha.

      Edit: Can anyone tell me how to subscribe to a thread here? I only see an Unsubscribe option under thread tools. Thanks!
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    1. MK3 ST3's Avatar
      MK3 ST3 -
      What I like:

      Front end is OK, they actually didn't ruin it by pinching the top grille too much.
      Flat bottom wheel
      "Redesigned Suspension" read they made the steering arm (on the knuckle) longer (to match the stock focus) to make the turning circle shorter
      New Steering, removal of variable rack (this may not be an upgrade, but it should settle the car more)
      Rear Camera/Park Sensors
      LED Signature lighting
      Heated Steering Wheel
      New Wheel Design (on the pics that have them)

      Things I don't like:
      Rear end (specifically the giant black part on the car now)
      Ford Badges (look wimpy now), originally I said rear, but now I think the front is too small too.

      Indifferent on:
      Interior (HVAC controls, center console, center stack modifications)
      Gray Wheels (this is to hide brake dust)

      Assuming the RS builds on this, and has some other goodies I'm trading up.
    1. Xicutioner's Avatar
      Xicutioner -
      I agree about the full width black piece on the rear. It doesn't look as bad on the gray paint though. I'm also not a fan of the smaller ford emblem. They could have used the one off of the SHO or F150 which has the built in camera.
    1. TheFil04's Avatar
      TheFil04 -
      I don't like the bottom lip (the fog lamps look too small for the sections they occupy) and the bottom section period - the character lines are gone and that also doesn't make me too happy. Also not a huge fan of the black stuff in the back, but I can live with it. I love the wheels and the dark gray color (if Ingot Silver is gone and replaced by this charcoal variant, I'll love it even more). Also the flat-bottom wheel and the cleaner IP. I'm also digging the Fusion-style hood and the lack of a gap. Would like to see an HP bump, but what are you going to do...
    1. FalcoDog's Avatar
      FalcoDog -
      I like it. Not enough to trade mine in for it but I like it.
    1. Holden's Avatar
      Holden -
      I was hoping for Sterling Gray to finally make it to the ST, not THIS (Magnetic Metallic?), and certainly not at the expense of Ingot Silver - my favorite color on the ST.
    1. jthj's Avatar
      jthj -
      Quote Originally Posted by Holden View Post
      I was hoping for Sterling Gray to finally make it to the ST, not THIS (Magnetic Metallic?), and certainly not at the expense of Ingot Silver - my favorite color on the ST.
      I almost went Ingot Silver. But my VW was reflex silver and I've never owned a blue car even though blue is my favorite car. All that said I do really like Magnetic Metalic. Is it exclusive to the ST? That would add to the appeal as TS is a little over the top for me.


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    1. Xicutioner's Avatar
      Xicutioner -