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by George Skentzos

Due to hit showrooms in March of next year as a 2009 model is the new Ford Focus ST available in both three and five door models. When it arrives in Australia it will more than likely take up the XR5 Turbo label.

2009 Ford Focus ST Facelift

The stylish front grille is matched by a revised tailgate with integrated diffuser and dual exhaust pipes which leave no question as to its intentions as a performance hot hatch.

Ford have given in to temptation by featuring a starter button in the upgraded interior, which includes a new centre console, 230V power outlet and audio jack.

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A set of 18-inch wheels completes the look, while integrated front fog lamps may mimic those found in the as yet unrevealed Orion.

Powering the face-lifted Focus is the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine which remains untouched, still developing a healthy 166kW and 320Nm.

Expect a spirited 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds.






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