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With outstanding performance and design, the Ford Focus ST is amazing to drive, and with new revisions, the performance is enhanced. Through revised structures, such as the front end being stiffened, new front springs being fitted and a sportier tune for dampers, the Focus ST is more responsive, balanced and refined, making it more rewarding to drive.

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With the same, high performance powertrain as before, the Focus ST has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit with 247bhp, hooked up to a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox - making powering through straights faster than ever! A new, automatic engine with a stop-start system has also been added, meaning lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy.

The Focus ST has the perfect balance between firm-riding and comfort, meaning that it will glide over most broken road surfaces, but still give you the rigid feeling you get in a high quality performance car. The supple ride, gets even more refined the faster you go, and the stiffness in the body makes handling a dream. Turning is very sharp, with great agility and responding positively to different driving styles - meaning the Focus ST can adapt to suit your personal style. The electrically assisted steering system has been modified to be more precise, but also offers decent feedback.

The interior has been simplified, removing a lot of the buttons and adding the new Sync2 infotainment system, which features four different options to access your phone, navigation system, entertainment and climate - keeping the most important functions at your fingertips. The Ford Focus ST also adopts a new, stylish steering wheel and the option of Recaro seats in the front.

Safety is ensured in the Focus ST with the car scoring full marks in the Euro NCAP crash test. The stability control system has Electronic Torque Vectoring Control and Electronic Transitional Stability functions, that predicts when a skid or loss of control is about to occur and brakes individual wheels as required. You can also add the Driver Assistance pack, which adds lane departure warning - keeping you in lane on the motorway - and headlights that dip automatically when they sense and oncoming vehicle.

Overall, the Ford Focus ST is a speedy and rigid performance car, that's barrage of technology makes it a better experience to drive than ever.

Evans Halshaw Ford