Ford Focus ST gains track pack with chassis upgrades for sharper handling

The future may not look as bright as it once did for ICE-powered hot hatches, but Ford Performance isn’t neglecting the facelifted Focus ST. The automaker has announced a new factor-tailored Track Pack option for the five-door manual sedan in Europe, featuring adjustable suspension from KW Automotive, more powerful brakes from Brembo, a new set of wheels and subtle styling upgrades.

The Track Pack was developed by Ford Performance, after testing at Ford’s proving grounds and at the Nürburgring. The highlight is the adjustable coilover suspension from KW Automotive. The chassis is lowered by 10 to 15 mm (0.4 to 0.6 inches) compared to the original model, with powder coated springs up to 50% stiffer, stainless steel shock housings, a 12-step adjustment for upside response and a 16-step adjustment for rebound.

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A more obvious upgrade is the new set of 19-inch black-finished alloy wheels that are 10% lighter than the stock units. More importantly, they are shod with grippier Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires for extra traction. Behind them can be seen the larger 363 mm (14.3 in) discs with four-piston brake calipers painted red by Brembo, which Ford says “reduces heat-induced discoloration during extended track sessions. “.

Along with the new multi-spoke wheels, visual upgrades include Agate Black finish to the grille, roof and mirror caps, matching the bumper inserts, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. A closer look reveals the black outlines on the ST logos instead of chrome. The Focus ST is available in ST-exclusive Agate Black, Fantastic Red, Frozen White, Magnetic and Mean Green for the exterior. Inside, the Track Pack brings the Ford Performance seats with extra support.

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Ford did not include any powertrain upgrades for the hot hatch. This means the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine produces 276 PS (206 kW / 280 hp) of power and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. The Track Pack is exclusively available in combination with the six-speed manual gearbox which transmits power to the front axle using the electronic limited slip differential (eLSD). The manual hot hatch accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The Track Pack is already available to order in several markets in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. First deliveries of the upgraded Ford Focus ST are scheduled for November.

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