Ford has decided that there's plenty of room beneath the harder-core 2012 Focus ST to offer some performance options on the midrange SE and premium Titanium Focus trim levels. Two packages will be available when the car hits showrooms that should keep budget-minded enthusiasts happy.
The Focus SE Sport Package is available for both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models and includes touches inside, outside, and underneath. Featuring a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats, four-wheel disc brakes, a piano black grille, metallic interior trim accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a five-speed manual gearbox, the SE Sport Package is a blend of function and style. All SE Sport Package cars equipped with the PowerShift dual-clutch transmission will receive the SelectShift Automatic manual override option.
Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-coat paint, not typically offered on SE trim cars, will be available with the SE Sport Package and two additional alloy wheel packages are also offered. An alternate 16-inch wheel with painted scallops is available, as is a 17-inch wheel. A rear spoiler is also fitted to the four-door version.
The Ford Focus Titanium will also get a performance package of its own. Dubbed the Titanium Handling Package, both sedan and hatchback versions will receive more aggressive suspension tuning, 18-inch alloy wheels low-profile summer performance tires and a full-size spare tire mounted in the trunk.
"Our enthusiast customers told us exactly what they want in an all-new Focus," said Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Focus. "They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We've done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models."
Pricing for the packages has not yet been announced, but the 2012 Ford Focus SE sedan starts at $17,995, while the Titanium sedan starts at $22,995. Both prices include a $725 destination fee.