A faster, hotter version of the Ford Focus ST has been detected on its way to or from the Nurburgring road in Germany. The engineers of Ford are already busy in setting up the next cohort Focus, which will probably make its worldwide debut sometime in 2017. Earlier than that, it seems as if the American automaker will seem to bridge the gap between the Focus RS and ST. A 257-kW engine to its name powers the third-generation Focus RS.
Known that the automaker unveiled a more influential adaptation of the Fiesta ST at 2016 motor show in Geneva and called it the ST200 in a reputation of its 147-kW engine, it is expected that this innovative, hotter Focus ST will be offered metric power suffix, as well. If this is the guess, Ford will most likely tune the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine 199kW or 206kW, leading to the ST280 designation for the model year 2017. If this model proves to be investigative of the final manufacturing version, the 2017 Ford Focus ST280 will probably feature a distinctive set of alloy wheels, a more famous front splitter, trim options and unique color.
2017 Ford Focus ST Changes, Exterior
The exterior styling will be much analogous to that of the standard ST model. The new Ford Focus ST280 2017 comes with a novel aerodynamic kit, which comprises a slender splitter next to the foot of the bumper and a set of two winglets at every front corner. These winglets are particularly good-looking for a streetcar, as these traits are usually seen on race -spec models. Excluding that, each of the body panel and the exterior design element is analogous to that of the standard ST200.
At the rear, the 2017 ST280 comes outfitted with a brand new roof spoiler and a revamped bumper, but these rear traits will almost certainly find their way on the new vehicle later. A suite of new lightweight alloy wheels that have an elite layout, wearing a new suit of the front and back tires, would round off the exterior changes.
Moreover, the next gen Focus ST280 comes equipped with a stiffer suspension system with novel springs and shock absorbers in the front and at the back. Stopping power would come from larger brakes.
No official information about the 2017 Ford Focus ST280 interior design is available. However, it is anticipated that the cabin design of the vehicle will be very similar to that of the standard ST200. However, the new vehicle may get some aesthetic touches to validate the elevated cost tag and make it a sturdy competitor to vie efficiently with its only class competitor, the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The 2017 Focus hatch comes with the identical interior features, similar to those of the ST200. These comprise Recaro seats upholstered in Charcoal leather, new emblems, lighted scuff plates, restyled door panels with reorganized drag knobs and mirror controls. It is also anticipated that the center console of the new vehicle would come stamped with the ST280 badge.
2017 Ford Focus ST280 on track
2017 Ford Focus ST280 Engine
The 2017 Focus ST280 comes outfitted with the same powertrain as that of the one exercised in the Focus ST. As a result, the new ST280 comes equipped with a four-cylinder powertrain with the capacity of 2.0 liters. However, it will be delicately tuned to produce additional power than the powertrain of the Focus ST. The powertrain now generates the highest power of 276 horses, which is 24 horses in excess of that of the Focus ST and 74 horses below that of the Focus RS. The powertrain also produces the superior torque of 295 lbs per foot, which is 25 lbs per foot in excess of that of the previous models.
The powertrain also offers improved acceleration to the new vehicle that helps it to achieve the velocity of 60 mph in 5.7 seconds from the static mode, which is 0.2 seconds slower when compared to that of the standard ST. However, it acquires the equal maximum speed of 154 mph.
The powertrain will be attached with the similar six-rate manual transmission like that of the ST. However, there is no discretionary gearbox for the new vehicle.
Base cost and the date of release
The 2017 Ford Focus ST280 release date is estimated to be the last part of 2016. The base cost of the new model ST280 will be positioned between that of the ST and the RS versions. It is estimated to come with the starting cost of $27,000, which is $5,000 in excess of that of the ST and $9,000 below that of the RS.
See also: 2016 Ford Fiesta ST, 2017 Ford Focus RS, 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200
2017 Ford Focus ST280 Spy shots