FORD has announced a new, special edition version of the Focus ST five-door hot hatchback that enhances driving dynamics with upgraded suspension and lightweight wheels for ultimate road and track driving experiences, alongside unique exterior and interior specifications.

The most dynamic version yet of the fourth generation Focus ST offers true driving enthusiasts the opportunity to tailor the driving dynamics to their personal preference using a Ford Performance-tuned adjustable coilover suspension system.

Cornering responses and driving dynamics are further enhanced with standard flow-formed alloy wheels that reduce unsprung weight, and Sports Technologies including a hydraulically-activated electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) and selectable Drive Modes, including Track Mode, contributing to an even more rewarding and confident Focus ST driving experience.

Ford Performance has developed the Focus ST Edition exclusively in five-door hatchback body style to ensure the lowest possible weight for optimised control and precision, and with the 2.3 litre EcoBoost petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission for maximum driver engagement.

A unique exterior is distinguished by an Azura Blue finish unavailable elsewhere in the Focus line-up, eye-catching high gloss black detailing and a distinctive black roof. Interior enhancements include part-leather Recaro sports seats, blue detail stitching and a red ST starter button.

The 2.3-litre EcoBoost all-aluminium engine delivers 280 PS of power meaning a acceleration from 0-62 mph takes just 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed capability of 155mph.

The Focus ST Edition joins the existing, Ford Performance-developed Focus ST line-up that offers five-door and wagon body styles, 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol 1 and 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines, and a seven-speed automatic transmission option for the EcoBoost petrol.

The Focus ST Edition is available to order in selected European markets, including the UK priced from £35,785.

Corsa is tops again

THE New Vauxhall Corsa is the UK’s best-selling new car so far this year, according to the latest new car sales and registration figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

27,381 Corsas have been registered in the first eight months of 2021. Vauxhall’s all-electric Corsa-e was also the best-selling all-electric model in its segment in August, as the brand continues its electric vehicle expansion with the goal of offering an electrified variant across its entire model line-up by 2024. Vauxhall will offer only fully electric cars and vans in the UK by 2028.

The Corsa-e has been the best-selling new electric car in the small Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) sector so far this year. The success of the Corsa and Corsa-e has helped Vauxhall increase its share of the private car market in August by 0.4 percent, growing from 4.1 percent in August 2020 to 4.5 percent in August this year.