Ford Focus ST ’15
For saw performance potential in its affordable sedan, the Focus, so it created the Focus ST, a souped-up version that made its debut in 1998. The third-generation Focus ST (the ST stands for Sports Technology) bowed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show equipped with a brand new engine.
The previous Focus ST came powered by a Volvo-based turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5, but the new car featured an “EcoBoost” turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-4 that boasted better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Despite being smaller by 500 cc, the new engine delivered 24 HP more power, up to 246 HP. It came mated to a conventional 6-speed manual gearbox.
The car thrilled enthusiasts for years, and in 2014, in addition to a mild facelift, Ford engineers made some drastic changes under the sheet metal. They completely revamped the suspension system, changed the variable ratio of the power steering, updated the stability program, and installed a torque vectoring system. As a result, the new Focus ST’s boasted class-leading handling, impressing even hardened race car drivers with its quick reactions and road-holding ability. And with a price that undercut its rivals in the competitive C segment, the Ford ST is still the talk of performance-car aficionados, even at the tail-end of its model run.