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Ford Focus ST is a true driver's car (pictures)

With its powerful EcoBoost engine and European-tuned handling, the Focus ST offers great fun out on the twisty roads.

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Ford sells the Focus in a variety of different trims, but the ST is the most exciting. This car is the definition of a hot hatch.
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Starting with the Focus hatchback body, Ford gives it a set of memorable paint options, such as this Tangerine Scream version. The black grille offsets it nicely.
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Ford powers the Focus ST with its EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. With 2 liters of displacement, the engine uses direct injection and a turbo to generate 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
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Although a performance-focused car, the Focus ST still meets practical considerations, such as being able to hold five passengers and cargo.
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The ride quality has a soft edge, but that does not mean the car wallows in the turns.
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Adding to the fun is a center dual-pipe exhaust.
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The rear wing on the Focus ST is designed for more than just looks.
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As a hatchback, the Focus ST offers practical cargo space, expandable by folding down the rear seats.
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These Recaro seats come as part of a package with the tech options, but are a little uncomfortable for daily use.
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The rear seat has the same twin-tone pattern as the front seats, but this bench can accommodate three.
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The MyFord Touch option puts an LCD in the center dashboard. Navigation is an option above that.
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Ford uses an electric power-steering system, but it is tuned well, giving some heft and feedback.
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The center display comes in handy for trip information.
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Three top gauges show oil pressure and temperature, and turbo pressure.
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The only transmission option is a six-speed manual, which shifts with a velvety feel.
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The navigation system, a separate option from MyFord Touch, runs a little slow and uses overcomplicated menus for destination entry.
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The stereo supports a wide variety of audio sources, from onboard media to broadcast.
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The Sony audio system is a worthwhile upgrade, as it brings 10 speakers into the car and delivers very distinct sound.
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At an earlier event, the Focus ST proved fast and fun on the autocross course.

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