There's but one trim, but there are plenty of ways Ford lets buyers customize their 2018 Focus ST. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque powers the four-door, hatchback-only Focus ST. That power is sent to the front wheels via the six-speed manual it shares with the RS, allowing the ST to post respectable EPA figures of 23 miles per gallon city/32 mpg highway (despite it being fast and fun to drive).
The 2018 Ford Focus ST starts at $25,950 (including the $875 destination charge) and goes beyond bold bodywork and fancy badges. Also included among its exterior enhancements are 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels, rear and chin spoilers, a bright-tipped center-exit exhaust, fog lights with gloss black bezels, and power body-color manual-fold exterior mirrors with integrated blind-spot monitoring and turn signal indicators.
Inside, one will find a host of unique ST-logo'd features including cloth sport seats with a 60/40 flat-folding rear bench, a perforated-leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, leather-wrapped and alloy shift knob, and analog mini-cluster gauges (including turbo boost pressure). Also included is Ford’s SYNC enhanced voice recognition infotainment system with a 4.2-inch driver-configurable color LCD display cluster, manual climate control, a four-way adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column, perimeter locking with push-button start and MyKey owner controls, and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors.
Much of what sets the ST apart, however, can’t be seen, including its sport-tuned all-independent suspension with Torque Vectoring Control handling-enhancement and AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, all of which works to transform the standard Focus’ commute-oriented nature into a corner-carving back road terror.
ST buyers can choose from six colors (four of which are straight from the Mustang's palette): Shadow Black, Oxford White, Blue Metallic, and Magnetic are freebies, while Hot Pepper Red adds $395 and Triple Yellow is $595.
From there, Ford offers two major equipment packages to pack the Focus ST with even more features. The 401A Package ($3,680) adds Sync 3, partial leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, cornering lamps, a power moonroof, an overhead console, and a Sony audio system. The 402A Package ($5,680) builds on the 401A and adds navigation, heated leather seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, a heated three point steering wheel, heated side mirrors, a rear armrest, ambient lighting, an exterior keypad, and a carbon fiber interior accent package.
Ford has baked all of the fun into the base Focus ST, which means choosing either option package is a matter of adding comfort, infotainment, and convenience features. All told, an all-in Focus ST with the 402A Package and optional wheels and tires runs $32,155, so value-minded buyers should look to a ST equipped with the 401A Package with the optional navigation system, as its $30,950 price tag is easier to swallow.
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