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Ford confirms pricing for most powerful Focus ST

Ford’s 200kW-plus front-wheel-drive hot hatch is about to land in Australia and take on rivals like the Hyundai i30 N and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Ford Australia has confirmed the Focus ST will launch locally next year, priced at $44,690 plus on-road costs with either six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.

It’s the first time Ford has offered an automatic transmission in its Focus hot hatch, the previous generation vehicle coming exclusively with a manual. Though both versions are priced on parity, the manual gets rev-matching capabilities while the auto has steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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The Focus ST is powered by a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo producing 206kW of power and 420nm of torque through a limited-slip differential to the front wheels. It’s the same engine used in the all-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS and rear-wheel-drive Mustang EcoBoost. Over the outgoing model, the fourth-generation Focus ST sees a bump in the output of 22kW and 60Nm. Helping get the most from the powerplant is launch control and a shift light.

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Built in Germany where the upcoming Fiesta ST comes from, the new Focus ST rides on the C2 platform and features fully-independent rear suspension with adaptive dampers, “developed under the leadership of Ford Performance”. The Focus ST-Line wagon is the only other Focus currently in the lineup to offer independent rear suspension, though the ST hatch gets a much more capable drivetrain and unique Slippery, Normal, Sport and Track driving modes.

Equipment on the Focus ST includes 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber, 330mm front and 302mm rear discs, heated front Recaro sports seats, aluminium pedals, flat-bottom steering wheel, 8.0-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 10-speaker B&O sound system, wireless phone charging pad, keyless entry and push-button ignition and dual-zone climate control.

Driving assistant aids come in the form of automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic warning and reversing camera.

The new Ford Focus ST will go on sale in Australia Q1 2020.

Ford Focus ST pricing in Australia:

The Focus ST with six-speed manual costs $44,690.

The Focus ST with seven-speed automatic costs $44,690.

Options are prestige paint, which costs $650, and a panoramic sunroof at $2500.

Alex Rae

Alex Rae

Alex Rae grew up among some of the great stages of Targa Tasmania, an event that sparked his passion for all things mechanical. Currently living across Bass Strait in Melbourne, Alex has worked for the last decade in the automotive world as both a photographer and journalist, and is now a freelancer for various publications. When not driving for work Alex can be found tinkering in the shed on of one his project Zeds or planning his next gravel rally car.