Ford Focus ST diesel

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The ST diesel, which has been ruled out for introduction to the local market, was revealed at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the upgraded petrol-powered Ford Focus ST hot-hatch, which will go on sale here around the middle of 2015.

Powering the 2015 Focus ST diesel is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with 136kW of power (at 3500rpm) and 400Nm of torque (from 2000-2750rpm) – down 48kW on the ST petrol but up 40Nm. Its outputs compare closely with fellow diesel hot-hatches, such as the Mazda 3 XD Astina (129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre) and Volkswagen Golf GTD (135kW/380Nm 2.0-litre) – the former due locally from September, the latter off the table for Australia.

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Ford claims a 0-100km/h sprint of 8.1 seconds for the front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual diesel ST, trailing the petrol version by 1.6sec and the GTD by six tenths (Mazda hasn’t released a 0-100km/h time for the XD Astina).

The diesel’s 4.4 litres per 100km combined cycle fuel consumption significantly undercuts the petrol’s 6.8L/100km rating. It also betters the 5.0L/100km of the Mazda 3 though falls short of the Golf (4.2L/100km).

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The ST diesel looks the same and is equipped identically to the enhanced Focus ST petrol. Subtle styling tweaks have targeted a more dynamic exterior appearance and interior revisions bring a cleaner dashboard and added technology.

Ford has also revised the car’s front suspension and electric steering set-ups in the pursuit of improved ride and handling performance.

A new Stealth dark grey paint colour has been introduced exclusively to the upgraded Focus ST, joining Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black and Race Red.