2013 Ford Focus ST Turns Up the Heat on Newest Ignition Video

While Europe has been enjoying fast versions of the Ford Focus for years, we’ve been left with nothing since the Focus SVT was lasted until  2004. We’re glad the 2013 Focus ST is finally here and it’s ready to heat things up. Ignition host Carlos Lago discovers just how hot the hatch is in this week’s episode.

2013 Ford Focus ST around figure eight course 300x187 imageThe ST badge on the back of the Focus means the car is infused with “sport technologies,” which begins with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine good for a total output of 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. That amount of torque in a front-drive car can make launching a bit tricky, but Lago figures out the best way to do it. The ST hustled from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reached the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds going 95.9 mph. But the ST’s true colors showed around the figure eight. Lago said it was a riot to drive around the course, praising its well-balanced steering and control through the front end.

Would it be as fun to drive through the canyons, though? Lago likes how the ST sounds – and we’re not surprised given the car’s active sound symposer technology – but can’t ignore the car’s torque steer. Is it enough to wipe the smile off his face though? Watch the video below to find out.

By Karla Sanchez

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