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If Ford is to be believed, then this Focus ST will melt your socks off.

Ford has released what it claims to be the most "Jekyll and Hyde" version of the Focus ST yet, saying that it "offers the most responsive and agile driving experience ever – on road and track."

The all-new Focus ST receives a new 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, with 206 kW and 420 Nm, that Ford claims will do the 0-100 kph run in less than six seconds. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or, for the first time, an automatic that boasts 7 cogs.

The new ST also receives another first in the shape of Selectable Drive Modes and, coupled with the introduction of an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) specifically for a front-wheel drive vehicle, gives the driver more stability and cornering control.

Ford Performance director for Europe, Leo Roeks, says, “Intelligent technologies like eLSD and CCD make our all-new Focus ST the most ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ yet, able to switch from refined tourer to focussed performance car at the push of a button. We’ve incorporated learnings from programmes including the Ford GT and Focus RS to develop a mid-size performance car with a degree of flexibility that’s unique in its segment.”

Have a deeper look at the spec sheet and you'll see the inclusion of advanced driver assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring for heavy traffic situations.

There's also Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System which, by using Voodoo and the rather clever camera-based predictive curve lighting, adjusts the headlamp patterns for improved visibility around corners. It also reads road signs as yet another first for the Focus ST, along with Active Park Assist 2 that operates gear selection, acceleration, braking and steering, to enable fully-automated manoeuvres at the push of a button.

Ford also claims its new Focus ST will boast class-leading spaciousness and, with SYNC 3 connectivity featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the new Focus ST sounds like a rather attractive option in its segment.

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