The Ford Focus ST is set to go on sale in the UK early in 2012, but so far only a prototype has been shown to the public, way back at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Details of the engine and extra performance have been announced, however. The ST comes with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine developing 250bhp – 28bhp more than the standard range-topping Ford Focus hatchback.
How this translates into 0-62mph sprint times remains to be seen, but a full production version is expected to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show at the beginning of September.
One of the biggest motor shows in Europe, the show will feature a Ford stand that includes a test track for customers to experience some of Ford’s current range.
Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe "Ford plans to make a strong statement at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with several very exciting global product reveals and our significantly expanded show stand. We’re excited to be showing customers our best-ever vehicle line-up and a special glimpse of the future."
However, the Ford Focus ST will not be the only new car revealed at the show. Ford has revealed very little in terms of details about the new cars set to appear, but has confirmed three more new ‘global products’ will be revealed alongside the Focus ST.
One of these, says Ford, will be a ‘major new design concept’ – the name given to a car created simply to showcase a new design theme for future Ford cars.
This could signal the end of the current ‘kinetic’ theme used to design the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the new Ford Focus. The kinetic theme was created to make the cars look as though they are moving even when they are stationary.