Content with the Focus ST’s popularity in Australia, Ford is welcoming a more plush version of its practical hot hatch but only for a limited amount of time.
Ford Australian has announced it will bring a new premium grade of the Focus ST hot hatch to Australia in the fourth quarter of this year with a price of $47,990, before on-road costs.
Referred to as the Focus ST-3, the premium grade adds features such as a panoramic glass roof and Ford’s trick headlights that use a camera to see the road ahead and swivel the globes around to light up the areas that are needed the most
The lighting system also shapes the beam differently depending on the situation, such as widening its focus when pulling up to an intersection.
Also included are heated and electric Recaro seats with lumbar support in the front, along with a heads-up display for the driver and a 10-speaker B&O premium sound system with a subwoofer for everyone.
The Focus ST-3 will be restricted to just 200 units in Australia and will only be available with the seven-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Buyers will pay an additional $3,300 over the regular ST, now known as the ST-1, which is priced at $44,690 for both the automatic and six-speed manual transmission options.
Carrying over is the punchy turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the Mustang, developing 206kW of power and 420Nm of torque.
Helping the Focus ST make its way around a corner is the electronically limited-slip differential slotted between the front wheels, that along with the independent rear suspension help it put the power down to the ground effectively.
While the upgraded Focus ST-3 has been kept essentially the same on the outside, keep buyers will notice the sequential LED indicators. Premium paint can also be had for $650 extra.
Ford says those interesting in purchasing a Focus ST-3 ahead of its arrival should talk to their local dealer.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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