The 2019 Ford Focus ST Packs 276 Horsepower

Outside of the United States, that is.

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Charlie Magee

While the previous generation Focus was all about the reappearance of the much awaited RS version, the ST remained the common man's affordable hot hatch all along. Unfortunately, this trend won't continue in the United States, where blaming import tariffs, Ford has phased out most of its passenger car line, planning to keep only the crossover-esque Active from the Focus range. Then, even that got cancelled.

But in more hatchback-friendly parts of the world, the 2019 Focus ST will be available both as a five-door and a wagon, with either a 276-horsepower version of the 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbo, or a 2.0 diesel tuned to 187 horsepower. Torque levels have been improved by "up to 17-percent" compared to the previous generation.

Ford Europe has also thrown in its electronic limited-slip differential for the first time in a front-wheel drive car, which improves grip levels by using computer-controlled pre-emptive actuation. The ST also features sportier suspension settings, and brakes with two-piston calipers at the front that shouldn't mind a bit of track time.

All this, with a manual box and an improved interior, for not a whole lot of money. In Europe.

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