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2020 Ford Explorer ST: A 400-horsepower people mover

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST will enable families to go anywhere quickly thanks to a turbocharged V6 with 400 ponies and upgraded suspension.

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The 2020 Ford Explorer ST becomes the second crossover SUV in the Blue Oval lineup to receive the ST performance treatment. 

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For power, the ST uses an updated 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.

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The 4,701-pound Explorer ST has a top sped of 143 mph. 

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Working with the engine is a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The gearbox is tuned to perform quicker gear changes compared to the regular Explorer models.

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When you want to get the most out of the Explorer ST, Sport mode provides more aggressive throttle mapping, altered transmission shift behavior, weightier steering and a louder engine note.

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For days the Explorer ST can hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

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For sharper handling, the ST gets unique shock absorbers, springs and 21-inch wheels wrapped with Pirelli tires.

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Visually setting the ST apart from the rest of the Explorer lineup is a unique front grille with mesh insert, gloss black accents, dual quad exhaust tips and red-painted brake calipers.

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Inside, there's a flat-bottom steering wheel, exclusive accent stitching and Ford Performance scuff plates.  

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The 2020 Ford Explorer ST will arrive in dealers this summer along the rest of the new sixth-generation Explorer models.

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