PARIS: New Ford Focus ST breaks cover

Ford’s first global high performance model and a star attraction for Ford in Paris, the powerful new Focus ST show car was revealed today by Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO, and Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

The new Focus ST will be propelled forward by a 2.0l turbo 247bhp direct-injection engine, though any buyers will have to wait until 2012 before they can get their hands on the car.

“The ST will be the performance flagship of our new Focus range, and we are excited to provide our enthusiast customers with an early preview in Paris,” said Gunnar Herrmann, Ford Motor Company’s global C car vehicle line director.  “The ST represents an ultimate expression of Focus driving quality and performance and we are confident that the new model will strengthen the reputation of Ford’s ST heritage among enthusiast drivers and attract new fans as well.”

We’re sure a Focus RS derived from this new shape will be along shortly …