Ford enthusiasts are now one step closer to getting their hands on the Blue Oval's new Focus ST. The hot hatch has now been given a starting price tag of $24,495, after a $795 destination charge.
Ford has also attached official power figures to its latest performance offering: the 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected EcoBoost I-4 will sent a grand total of 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque to its front wheels. As befitting a performance car, the only available transmission offered is a six-speed manual. Since the Focus ST is appealing to fans of European-style performance, it comes as no surprise that the ST is offered in five-door hatchback form only.
That $24,495 base price nets buyers things like stiffer suspension unique to the ST, sport seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals, 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels, a larger rear spoiler, gaping piano-black grille, unique ST badging inside and out, keyless entry with pushbutton start, and Ford's Sync infotainment system. Two option packages are available on the 2013 Focus ST: ST2 adds a Sony audio system, eight-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite and HD radio, and Recaro partial-leather sport seats – all for an additional $2385. Fully kitting out a Focus ST takes the addition of the $4435 ST3 package, which includes all the equipment from the ST2 package as well as HID headlamps with LED running lights and cornering lamps, interior ambient lighting, heated exterior mirrors, a navigation system, a rear armrest, and front overhead console. Equipped with the ST3 packaged, the 2013 Focus ST tops out at $29,425.
There are six exterior color options for the 2013 Ford Focus ST, including the loud tangerine scream orange shown here that comes with a $495 premium. Tuxedo black, performance blue, race red, oxford white, and ingot silver are all offered at no extra charge. Inside, color options vary depending on what packages are chosen – the standard interior is charcoal-black cloth with grey inserts. Step up to the ST2 package, and the Recaro chairs can be wrapped in either smoke storm (dark grey), charcoal black with performance blue accented, or charcoal black with tangerine scream accented partial two-tone leather. ST3 models receive charcoal black full-leather seats.
The first 1000 Focus ST buyers who order between now and August 20 will also get a GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack when they take delivery of the car. Ford's engineers took a group of pre-production 2013 Focus STs out for an engineering run and filmed their drive using the GoPro camera – check out the video below.
Ford has yet to announce when exactly later this year buyers will be able to take delivery of their 2013 Focus STs, but the hot hatch is available to order at Ford dealerships starting today.