- The Focus ST will start from $24,495 with destination
- Its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder will produce 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque
- The five-door, manual-only hatch goes on sale later this month
Ford recently announced pricing and several important specs for its sporty Focus ST, bringing the hot hatchback one step closer to going on sale later this month. According to the automaker, the high-performance Focus ST will be priced from $24,495 with destination, slightly undercutting rivals like the MazdaSpeed3 and Volkswagen GTI.
While the Focus ST's pricing is certainly important, most enthusiasts likely have a different question on their minds: how much power? After months of speculation, Ford finally has an answer, confirming the five-door hatchback will offer a whopping 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, thanks to an "EcoBoost" turbocharged version of the standard Focus's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That gives the Focus 92 more horsepower than the workaday base model and a stunning 124 extra lb-ft - a huge boost for a sporty trim level.
Despite the major power increase, the Focus ST remains reasonably priced. At $24,495, the hot hatchback is less expensive than the MazdaSpeed3, which starts at $24,795 including destination, and the Volkswagen GTI, which comes in at $24,765 after shipping. That's a big deal considering the Focus ST offers more power and torque than the GTI and similar figures to the MazdaSpeed3, which is already among the top high-performance bargains available to car shoppers today.
But Ford is quick to point out the Focus ST includes more than just horsepower in its asking price. The manual-only hatchback also offers a host of performance-oriented features that wouldn't be out of place on an upscale sports car, including an engine tuned to be better heard from inside the cabin and electric power-assisted steering that's designed to compensate for the torque steer normally found in powerful front-wheel drive cars like the Focus ST.
While those features are standard, the Focus ST also offers several enticing options ranging from a navigation system and power sunroof to a package that includes partial leather Recaro bucket seats and Xenon headlights.
Car shoppers who find the Focus ST appealing should act quickly, as the first 1,000 units sold through August 31 include a free GoPro HD Hero2 camera, specifically designed for in-car filming - a $299 value that makes the Focus ST's already appealing base price even more attractive.
What it means to you: The Focus ST will offer a tremendous value when it goes on sale later this month.