New and refreshed rear-wheel-drive coupes like the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Hyundai Genesis 2.0T have all but monopolized on the web chit chat this springtime at the $25,000 price point. Ford’s most convincing response to this tech-savvy trio is probably not a V-6 Ford mustang having a live rear axle, however the front-wheel-drive Focus ST, for which powertrain and pricing data was announced Tuesday.
Built with a 2-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine generating 252-horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the Focus ST is priced from $24,495, including $795 delivery charge. The vehicle is often ordered online, but deliveries are not expected to commence right up until late this year.
The EcoBoost unit is available as an selection for the Ford Explorer and coming 2013 Fusion SE.
Though two-tone Recaro seats, high-discharge headlights, moonroof as well as the MyFord Touch telematics system are generally bundled or available à la carte among the option packages, the poorly received 6-speed dual-clutch transmission of the non-ST Focus will not be. A 6-speed manual stands out as the only choice here, a clear play for the aficionados purchaser. Completely optioned, a Focus ST nudges against $29,000.
In acknowledgement that Focus ST buyers would be more prone to publish their exploits to YouTube than drivers of V-6-powered Mustangs, Ford is giving the GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack to the first 1,000 presales made before Aug. 21.
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