Ford unveil plans for diesel-powered Focus ST

News has emerged about a new diesel powered version of the latest Ford Focus ST, a model which is set to reach forecourts across the UK by the end of year.

A badge renowned for its outstanding power and performance, the ST variant of the Ford Focus has been hugely popular since it was first unveiled by the Blue Oval back in 2005. Since then, the ST badging has also been applied to the Fiesta and Mondeo, both of which remain strong performers in the fleet.

With the current ST producing 252bhp from its 2.0L four cylinder engine, the recently unveiled diesel derivative will also feature a 2.0L engine but instead offer a muted 182bhp - although it will still have more horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf GTD, which is considered its closest rival. With the same suspension and steering setup as the petrol version, the diesel ST will be able to reach 62mph from standstill in just eight seconds.

CEO makes announcement in Vienna

The big announcement was made by Mark Fields, Ford's Chief Operating Officer, during a dinner he hosted in Vienna. Ford will be hoping the new model will have the same level of success as the Mondeo ST Diesel, which sold extremely well following its implementation during the second production phase.  

This comes just weeks after Ford confirmed they are working on the new version of the Focus RS, with the variety of options the marque looks set to offer meaning that drivers craving raw power really are spoilt for choice.

With the new ST set to roll onto the forecourts of Ford garages across the UK this summer, more details regarding the model are sure to surface in the coming months.

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