KW suspension comes standard on hot hatch with ‘Ring suspension setup
ST Edition will come with a host of special detail changes
Remember the Ford Focus? Or, even better, remember the Ford Focus ST? That front-drive hot hatch that turned the boring but competent compact into something the really shined in the corners? Well, much of the rest of the world does, because they still get that performance car. Now Ford has made it even better with a new adjustable suspension and lighter wheels along with an exclusive shade of blue.
It’s called the Ford Focus ST Edition, and it’s offered in most of Ford’s European markets. Ford starts with the standard ST and its 2.3L EcoBoost four that makes 276 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Ford then fits a two-way adjustable coil over suspension made by KW Automotive, best known for their purple and yellow aftermarket suspension systems. Though in this application the hardware is finished in Ford Performance Blue, it still offers the goods. Springs 50 percent stiffer than standard ST and a ride height lowered by 10 mm that you can drop another 20mm thanks to adjustable spring perches.
The twin-tube dampers offer 12 jounce damping settings – the ones that control the wheel moving upward – and a whopping 16 rebound settings – the ones that control the wheel moving back down. The car comes with a technical guide full of recommended settings for a variety of conditions, including one that’s tuned specifically for the Nurburgring.
Ford completes the package with new 19-inch alloys that trim unsprung mass by 10 percent at each corner of the car. The flow-formed wheels are stronger as well as lighter, helping the suspension better control the tires on the road.
Cosmetic changes include that blue paint as well as gloss black details. The ST Edition also gets Recaro sports seats with Ford Performance blue trim. It will be offered only with the five-door hatch (there’s a wagon ST in Europe) and with the six-speed stick.