Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST Review

Ford Focus ST with outstanding features compared with its less powerful engines colleagues are deliberately restrained. The 18-inch model in the ST design fill out the wheelarches look good, snout and tail are a discreet spoiler and diffuser with integrated center exhaust by the roof spoiler, the only externally incident identification.

Ford Focus ST 2013

Inside, the ST design, however, is striking. A bespoke suit resembling the Recaro seats that are suitable to order according to model in two-tone exterior paint to provide excellent support when cornering at speed. The operation of all functions is a bit strange, since at least the middle console of switches almost overloaded.

Works closely tailored the passenger compartment. It may be due to the lower body, which still leaves enough headroom? Or is it the very slim fitted interior of the Focus? In any case the passengers are well embedded in a Ford Focus, suggesting a degree of greater safety.

Electrically folding exterior mirrors with environment lighting and Blind Spot Assist, the Lane Assistant including fatigue Warner and high-beam assistant, the traffic signs detection and heated windshield and washer jets. In sum, considered almost a bargain. It is used for traffic safety and can be used for relaxing travel.

Ford Focus ST 2013

Performance

Nothing against a 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. An engine that can be found virtually in its basic configuration for all manufacturers. We missed the five-cylinder engine from the previous-ST and the RS and the RS 500 yet. The hoarse rattle, pushing the brutal and distinctive motorsport genes had to yield many new demands.

Ford Focus in its currently fastest edition also serves Handsome vehicle for the long haul. Since no menacing sound and the onboard annoying family can relax and chat. The Ford on average stated consumption of 7.2 liters can only be achieved with a lot of restraint. In our tests, the onboard computer was usually at about 10 liters, which should be noted is that we usually go pretty fast, were prevalent cold temperatures and snow tires were mounted.

Almost perfectly accustomed are the driving characteristics of the ST. As with all the other Focus models, the chassis is designed with a mix of sportiness and comfort, so that no harm beats the disc, yet the fleet cornering is done brilliantly. When ST is the sporty tuning tighter the ticking and is supported harmoniously with the electric power steering EPAS, the three-stage ESP and electronic differential lock and the CUSC system.

The electronic power steering is calibrated so that it influences torque even more sensitive and detects as for example with simple straight ahead looks extremely smooth and sporty cornering extreme acts directly with corresponding slight resistance. Already quite sporty design is the normal level of the ESP, in contrast to the other Focus models engages much later. The repeal of the traction control, the next step can be to even slight drifts and intervenes only resume once the aid is urgently needed. Completely goes well, but should be of only experienced pilots and used most exclusively on racetracks.

Opposite effects are showing yet matched TVC and CUSC. The electronic differential lock TVC (Torque Vectoring Control) brakes in quickly approached curves the inner wheel off specifically to reduce the typical understeer tendency of a front-wheel drive. The opposite approach suggests a CUSC (Cornering understeer control). By a specific torque is added, before the ESP used, affects the yaw angle and the sensitivity is equal throughout, whether the driver is accelerating or not straight. The highlights of the ST in spheres that succeeds by other manufacturers generally only with adaptive chassis.

Ford Focus ST 2013

Specifications: Ford Focus ST

Engine: 4-cylinder petrol engines
Transmission: six-speed manual
Displacement: 2,000 cc
Power in kW / hp at xy / RPM: 184 kW (250 PS) / 5,500
Max torque: 360 Nm at 2,000 to 4,500 rpm
Length / Width / Height: 4.362/1.823/1.484 in mm
Wheelbase: 2,648 mm in
Empty weight: 1,362 kg
Perm. Total weight: 2.050 kg
Luggage capacity: 363-1148 l
Tires: 235/40 R 18
Wheels: 8.5 x 18 "Alloy
Acceleration: 6.5 seconds
Maximum speed: 248 km / h
Fuel tank capacity: 60 liters
Fuel consumption combined transport: 7.2 liters per 100 km

Ford Focus ST 2013

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