2015 Ford Focus ST Debuts With Improved Handling, Sporty Upgrades

2015 Ford Focus ST Front

The 2015 Ford Focust ST made its debut today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK with improved handling, an updated design, and lots of upgrades.

Upgrades include sportier front and rear fascias, standard HID headlamps on ST2 and ST3 Trims with Recaro seats, 18″ Rado Gray alloy wheels standard with 18″ alloy wheel design with red brake calipers available, a redesigned instrument panel center stack with improved climate controls and new finishes, a new center console with more storage and a media bin with USB port that charges 2X faster than before, and a new flat-bottom steering wheel.

2015 Ford Focus ST Rear

There’s also an available heated steering wheel and 8-way power driver’s seat as well as revised steering and a standard rear view camera. The sports suspension gets new front springs and sportier shock absorber tuning for improved performance and the electric power-assisted steering has been revised for improved steering feel.

The 2015 Ford Focus ST gets a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with turbocharging, twin independent variable camshaft timing and high-pressure direct injection. It’ll give you 252 horsepower at 5,500 rpm with peak torque of 270 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm.

2015 Ford Focus ST Interior

It’s all paired to a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shifter and gear ratios exclusive to the ST that deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.

There will be three trim levels of ST1, ST2 and ST3. ST1 seats are gray/charcoal/anthracite black fabric while ST2 adds partial leather with base and side bolsters available in Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm or Race Red. Lastly, the ST3 seats have a full charcoal black leather finish.

Check out our first drive review of the 2013 Ford Focus ST…

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole is a member of the New England Motor Press Association and also writes for Automotive IT News, NerdApproved, and GeekMom. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.