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James Derek Sapienza, 22 January 2015
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The team to watch over the next few years may not be the Cavs, the Pats, or the Cubs after all. In fact, it may not even be a sports team at all. It might be…Ford? Like a shrewd general manager rebuilding a team, Ford has spent the last few years looking at their roster, quietly making an addition here and an upgrade there, until they suddenly have a world-class lineup that puts everybody on notice – not only GM and Chrysler, but more recently, Ferrari and Porsche too.
Much of this performance push is the result of Ford’s turbocharged and highly versatile EcoBoost engines. Ford famously introduced the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine by bringing the engine block to the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in a carry-on bag. The ingenious engines can be tuned for either economy or performance, with the same basic inline-four engine putting out 197 horsepower in the Fiesta ST, or 310 horsepower in the Mustang EcoBoost. The same V6 block that powers the 350 horsepower Taurus SHO is also found in the mighty all-new Ford GT, putting out a whopping 600 horsepower. Proving that power is no longer necessarily linked to displacement, here are 10 reasons why Ford’s performance line-up is world class in every way.
10. Taurus SHO
Ford’s entry into the sport sedan segment is a revival of the legendary ’90s-era Taurus SHO nameplate. The original 1989 SHO (which stands for “Super High Output”) was a $20,000 sleeper car with a suspension designed by Ford’s elite SVT performance team, and could do 0-60 in under seven seconds, and put out 220 horsepower from its Yamaha-sourced V6. While Car & Driver billed the original as “The fastest four-door sedan you can buy for less than $50,000,” the 21st century SHO has some serious competition in the Chevrolet SS and Dodge Charger. Still, it has a 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that puts out 350 horsepower and a 0-60 time in the
by Mircea Panait, 21st January 2015
The wait is nearly over, hot hatchback enthusiasts! An all-new Ford Focus RS is about to debut in the wonderful World Wide Web. Look forward to all-wheel drive, a 300-plus HP 2.3-liter EcoBoost and a new Nurburgring record, eventually. Yep, you’re in for a properly wild ride from FoMoCo’s skunkworks.
Titled “Preview: All-New Ford Focus RS | Reveal 3 February 2015,” the teaser video attached below is proper proof that the online unveiling will happen on February 3rd, 2015. As you can see in the opening credits, the prototype Ford Focus RS has been chuck around with the ESP and traction control system off.
Another detail the clip’s credits shares with us is that Belgium and “the USA” were the filming locations for what you’re about to see. Our high-placed insider is adamant the all-new Focus RS will get all-wheel drive, although the company itself and Dave Pericak refused any comment on the subject. Want proof that it’s the full-on all-wheel drive hooligan?
Skip to the 36-second mark at look at that tripod mode in action, wagging its tail out and lifting the rear right wheel off the tarmac. That’s normally a front-wheel drive hatch does when pushed hard in the corners, which may lead you into believing the 2016 Ford Focus RS is not an all-wheel drive car.
But that’s not quite true. Play the video again, especially the parts at the 21-second and 25-second marks. As you can see as well, those angles of tail happiness and the easiness this prototype RS can take a hairpin at full opposite lock are tell-tale signs AWD is present for extra capability at the limits of grip.
After the 2016 Ford Focus RS will debut next month, the Ford Performance division will follow its streak of high-octane madness with eight other hideously fast vehicles. But that is that and this is now, so jump over the break, press play and enjoy the 2016 Ford Focus RS extreme testing teaser video.
By Phil Lanning, Jan 21, 2015
FORD is doing what it does best - and ready to kick RS with new Performance powerhouses.
The Blue Oval's reveal of its £250,000 GT in Detroit last week opened the flood gates to the next chapter of more affordable hot hatches.
This week sees the Focus ST hit the road but that's only a warm-up for the sizzling metal on the way.
There will be a new moniker for the hot hatches called Ford Performance with three different flavors.
It'll be 'Enhanced Technology', 'High Performance' and 'Ultra-High Performance'. The ST will sit in the first category. To make it simpler, if you were ordering a curry in order of temperature, it's Korma, Madras and Vindaloo.
The great news is that means there's an even meaner ST on the way for High Performance and a track-focused RS later this year.
For now you'll have to make-do with the Focus ST – but don't worry it's still a ST-onker.
The big story is a new diesel engine, a 2litre turbo delivering 182bhp, 0-62mph in a blink over 8 seconds and incredible hot hatch claimed economy figures of 67mpg and 110g/km.
That's like going for a curry and a night on the town and not waking up with a hangover!
However, the petrol is still king for real hot hatch boy racers. The 247bhp, 2litre turbo has a much better soundtrack and hits 62mph in 6.5 seconds. The wallet impact is worse with 159g/km and 41.5mpg but hatch buyers will prefer the performance over pocket.
Both versions start at £22,195 while there's a choice of both five-door hatchback and estate models, the latter adding a £1,100 premium.
While the Focus ST's £22k starting point undercuts a 30bhp-less VW Golf GTI by approximately £4,000, only two per cent of UK buyers go for the basics.
Most going for more kit with the ST2 and ST3 levels. The top spec ST3 gets Ford's much more plush Sync touchscreen media style which outclasses the previous button-fest dashboard and gives the car a far more exec feel.
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Jan 14, 2015 - 3:45 PM - by wicked
The first Fiesta ST of the Month Contest of 2015 starts now! This month there'll be no specific theme and anyone with a Ford Fiesta ST can enter! Simply post the best pic of your ride!
We welcome everyone including vendors to participate, however we will not pick the same winner within a 3 month period.
The contest will close in one week (Wednesday, January 21), and finalists will be chosen by staff and you guys will vote for the winner. Rules for entry are below:
- The photo must be attached to a post in this thread
- Only one picture will be allowed, so make it your best! (do not submit multiple photos or you will be disqualified)
- You must be the owner of the Fiesta ST.
The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card from FiestaST.org and be featured on the front page!
Looking forward to your entries!
Dec 31, 2014 - 1:40 PM - by wicked
The December 2014 (Holiday Edition) Fiesta ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than landwomble with this great shot! Congratulations!
Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted an photo and to all those who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
Happy New Year!
By Brandon Turkus, 29 December 2014
Ford has done some performance stuff with its EcoBoost line of vehicles, most notably with its Focus and Fiesta ST, the new, turbocharged Mustang and the luke-warm Taurus SHO and F-150 Tremor, but it's kind of avoided going wholly bonkers. That could be set to change quite soon, judging by a trademark filing with Uncle Sam.
Ford has registered the name EcoBeast with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, listing it as "automobiles and automobile engines," according to the team at Motorlix, which discovered the filing.
As always, it bears mentioning that companies are constantly filing trademarks, even if a good or service never emerges with said name. We agree with Motorlix, though – it seems highly unlikely Ford is going to just let this name languish. What vehicle or engine will wear this new badge is the real question. We're leaning towards something F-150 related, based on our last round of spy photos of the new SVT Raptor, although it's impossible to say for certain what the Blue Oval has planned.
Here's hoping we find out in just a few weeks when Ford brings basically all of its performance merchandise to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Until then, let us know what you think Ford is planning with the EcoBeast.
Ford files trademark for 'EcoBeast' moniker
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