> More focused Focus ST
> Adjustable K&W suspension
> lightweight alloy wheels
> Same 276bhp
> Priced at £35,785
It’s very blue, isn’t it? Azure Blue to be precise. This tweaked Focus ST certainly looks a little meaner with its contrasting bodywork, lighter 19-inch alloy wheels, and sitting closer to the road. There are some hints of previous-generation Focus RS here – a car that will not be coming to the new Focus range.
In all other regards to the visuals, its Focus ST, as usual, meaning sporty bodywork pinned to that familiar hatchback silhouette.
There are a few alterations to the interior, although they are relatively minor. You still get the excellent Recaro sports seats found in the regular ST, but now their stitching matches the exterior paintwork. Ford has also installed its new digital instrument cluster for the driver.
In terms of infotainment, Ford’s Sync 3 system provides everything from DAB radio to navigation, with Apple CarPlay compatibility. However, it’s not the most intuitive user interface out there – better than what you find in a Volkswagen Golf or Honda Civic Type R, though.
The great thing about hot hatchbacks is their practicality. You’ve got all the ‘go faster’ you need, but they will still carry the shopping and take the kids to school. The ST Edition will seat five in relative comfort, although some rivals do offer better rear passenger space.
Open the boot to reveal a wide aperture and a 375-litre space. This will be plenty for the weekly shop, but keep in mind that a Golf GTI has a fractionally larger boot and a Type R will put it to shame.
The engine in the Ford Focus ST Edition is identical to that found in the regular ST. A 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 276bhp and 420Nm of torque. A 0-62mph run can be completed in just 5.7 seconds.
The big changes to the ST Edition are found in its chassis with the adjustable suspension being the headline. It sits lower to the ground, but owners can get geeky with 12 settings for compression and 15 to tweak rebound via a special tool. Lighter alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres complete the transformation.
You can order a Ford Focus ST Edition right now, and the good news is that this isn’t some rarified special edition you can’t obtain. Pricing starts at £35,785.