1. It all Starts Under the Hood
The Focus ST is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
The engine is incredibly flexible and offers high levels of torque throughout the rpm range. Unlike the peaky Mazdaspeed3 engine, the Focus ST develops power early and keeps it. This large power band can really be exploited around a racetrack and Ford’s sound symposer ensures the engine is heard inside the car.
Despite all of this power and thrust, fuel economy is fairly decent in the Focus ST which is officially rated at 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. During a week behind the wheel we averaged 24.5 mpg; not bad considering the car was constantly in boost.