Ford caught testing new ST at Germany's Nurburgring


With experts already tipping the 2014 incarnation of the Ford Focus ST to be a huge success, many have been eagerly anticipating the new styling laden on this popular American pocket-rocket.

Ford has been a huge name in the car industry since 1903, maintaining a reputation for manufacturing a fleet of reliable and dependable vehicles; the Fiesta, C-Max and the Focus are among the most celebrated within their respective divisions. 

Luckily for fans all over the world, a few sneaky photographs of the model were snapped during testing procedures at Germany's famous Nurburgring race track, giving an insight into what could be in store when it hits Ford dealerships across the country in 2014, as seen in this article.

There are believed to be huge changes to the front and rear bumpers, which were hidden under camouflage by the firm to heighten speculation further surrounding the model. From what the images reveal, the only noticeable change is regarding the grille, which now sits in a higher position and isn't so much of a focal point as the previous model.

A supercharged, angrier sibling to the conventional Focus, the ST has always proved a big hit with those keen to push their driving experience to the limit. Fans will be pleased to know that, in terms of styling, the new model is largely unchanged and keeps the same body kit, central-mounted double exhaust and the same five-spoke alloy wheels.

For the power under the throttle, the punchy acceleration will again be provided by the ferocious 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, paired exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox to offer the ultimate driving experience from the brand with the blue oval.

It is expected to make its official debut at the Detroit Motor Show in 2014, going on sale across the world in the months following. While the pricing of the new model is being kept under wraps, it is likely to cost around the same amount as the existing version – starting from around £23,500 including on-road costs.

If you can't wait that long and want to find out why the Ford badge is held in such prestige, why not head to a dealership today and check out the types of Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta for sale?

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