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Inside The 2013 Ford Focus ST

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It’s frustrating that many people in the USA continue to see the Ford Focus as a cheap, basic economy car. Maybe it’s a hangover from the small-car hatchback stereotype. Maybe it’s that Ford only recently begun to improve its image here. Given the features and available options inside the newest Focus, it’s anything but an economy car. The Focus ST can be had with items that were only found on luxury cars not long ago. ...

What’s Not “World Car” About Ford’s 2013 Focus ST

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST is a world car. Important bits like the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the six-speed Getrag gearbox, chassis tuning, and even the Goodyear summer performance tires are fitted to all STs, no matter what the country. Still, some changes are necessary for the North American model. What you are about to read enters a world that only savants like myself wander. If you recognize some of the following, it’s because I wrote the ...

Dissecting the 2013 Ford Focus ST’s Powertrain

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST’s engine is quite a beast. The all-aluminum, turbocharged 2.0-liter four develops an impressive 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The soon-to-be-replaced, sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI’s engine is of similar spec but is only rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The powerful Ford also carries excellent EPA fuel economy numbers: 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. On paper, this is an impressive powertrain. But as with any engine, ...

Cocktail Chatter: June 21, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. To mark the first official day of summer, we’re drinking a creation by associate web editor Donny Nordlicht. Called the Indian Summer Sip, add three ounces of Absolut Mango vodka to a highball glass with ice, top with seltzer, and top with a splash ...

Living With A 2013 Ford Focus ST2

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The automaker best defined by the Super Duty finally has a proper performance compact once again. The 2013 Ford Focus ST comes to us a decade after the world class 2002-04 Focus SVT, our domesticated version of the first-generation Euro Focus ST, languished on dealership lots. The excellent independent rear-suspension that blessed all Mark I Focus models reacted brilliantly to the performance modifications. The SVT featured a Cosworth-fettled 170-horsepower engine and it ran circles around ...