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by George Skentzos

We have already spied the new XR5 Turbo on the streets of Melbourne, but now it’s official with Ford releasing the first details on its latest addition.

The first Focus to debut Ford’s new Kinetic design philosophy, the iconic German-built XR5 Turbo flagship looks simply stunning with an all-new appearance and raft of interior enhancements.

Powering the new XR5 Turbo is a 2.5-litre 166kW Duratec five-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, offering peak torque of 320Nm from 1,600rpm right through to 4,000rpm – plenty of potential for a bit of FPV special treatment.

2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

“When coupled with the vehicle’s impressive dynamics attributes it is a combination which makes it one of the most enjoyable and engaging small Ford vehicles to drive,” said Ford Australia Vice President Marketing and Sales, Mark Winslow.

It looks as well as it goes too, with a completely new, more aggressive front bumper flanked by distinctive re-styled fog lamps and finished with a graphite mesh with signature honeycomb pattern.

 2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

At the rear, the XR5 Turbo gets a new bumper with an integrated lower diffuser framing two generously proportioned exhaust pipes, with full LED tail lamps and an oversized rear spoiler.

This sporting pedigree is continued to the interior, with alloy sports pedals, leather gear knob, a unique leather three-spoke steering wheel and carbon-effect highlights on the instrument panel, centre console and switch bezels.

 2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

“We believe we can cement this position with the introduction of a fresh new, feature laden, sports-performance Focus XR5 Turbo which offers unparalleled levels of functionality and versatility.”

Front passengers enjoy stylish Recaro-branded front seats which are standard on the Focus XR5 Turbo, the driver’s seat allows for fore and aft movement, plus recline, height, lumbar and cushion tilt adjustments, while the passenger seat adjusts manually fore-aft and can also recline.

2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

The XR5 Turbo will come standard with enhanced in-car entertainment features and systems, including a premium centre console, Bluetooth with voice control, and a new ‘Ford Power’ start button.

2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

Active safety features include standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).

Among the passive safety systems are six airbags, pyrotechnic safety belt pre-tensioners and neck injury protection systems on the front seats.

 2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

In addition to the signature Electric Orange metallic hero colour, a palate of six other colours is available including new Frozen White, Panther Black, Moondust Silver, Sea Grey, Colorado Red and Performance Blue.

The recommended retail price of the new Focus XR5 Turbo is $36,990 with options including power tilt/slide sunroof ($1,900) and heated Recaro Sports Leather seats ($2,000).

 2009 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo specs

Disturbingly, Electric Orange – the hero colour of the range – is a $1,800 option! Prestige paint also attracts a $310 premium and those GT stripes add another $350 to the bottom line.