The Ford Focus ST is a fast car, at least when compared to the model it’s replacing. The Blue Oval said that the new version gets an extra 12 percent horsepower and 17 percent torque compared to the old Focus ST, which are nothing to scoff at considering this hot hatchback’s price point.
Needless to say, the Focus ST is an attractive offering in markets it’s sold in (sorry, U.S.), especially with its sub-$30,000 price tag. But how is it compared to European hot hatches? Can it keep up with pricier German rivals like the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and BMW M135i?
Motorsport Magazine might have a video for that, which you can watch on top of this page. But before you do, let’s crunch the numbers first, just to see how much of a mismatch this drag race is.
The Focus ST, with its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine makes 276 horsepower (206…