The New Ford Focus Diesel ST: Coming Everywhere (but the U.S.) in 2015

2015 Ford Focus Diesel ST

It’s nice to live in one of the 3 largest car markets on the planet.  Unless the cars you’re interested in are only sold in the other 2 markets.

So when I see in CarAdvice.au that Ford is introducing a new Focus Diesel ST with a 2.0 liter turbo diesel generating 295 lb./ft. of torque, I get excited.  Until I see that the new hot hatch it isn’t coming to the States.

According to CarAdvice, the new Focus Diesel ST:

…claims a 0-100km/h sprint of 8.1 seconds for the front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual diesel ST, trailing the petrol version by 1.6 sec and the GTD by six tenths (Mazda hasn’t released a 0-100km/h time for the XD Astina).

The diesel’s 4.4 litres per 100km combined cycle fuel consumption significantly undercuts the petrol’s 6.8L/100km rating. It also betters the 5.0L/100km of the Mazda 3 though falls short of the Golf (4.2L/100km).

2015 Ford Focus Diesel ST interior

That it takes 8.1 seconds for the Focus Diesel ST  to get to slightly under sixty isn’t earth-shattering.  But that speed isn’t a slouch, either.  And you don’t buy a hot hatch for speed.  You buy it for off the line, handling and the joy of driving.

Or as Jalopnik, who also wrote about the new Focus Diesel ST, says it:

Acceleration is… well, not so brisk with a zero to 60 mph time of about eight seconds. But like the gas-powered ST, the diesel is also an adept handler and should but just as fun to throw into corners.

Let’s not get away from torque.  295 lb./ft. of torque in a 3,200 lb. car is nothing to sneeze at.  It might be 8 seconds to 60, but I guarantee the first 4 seconds will be a helluva ride.

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