If you can’t get your hands on a Focus RS, maybe the Focus ST280 could fill the void. Nothing official has been announced yet but a Carscoops spy spotted a Focus ST prototype being tested at Nürburgring today.
The current FWD ST has 250hp and the AWD RS has 350hp so there’s a power gap in the Focus lineup that Ford can fill with a more powerful version of the ST. At this year’s Geneva show Ford revealed an improved version of the Fiesta ST called the ST200, maybe a similar power increase could be in the ST’s future.
We could see the Focus ST get a 20 to 30 horsepower bump for a total output of 270hp or 280hp. Given that the new Fiesta ST was dubbed ST200, the new Focus ST may have a horsepower suffix attached to it like ST270 or ST280.
Other changes may include a lowered and re-tuned suspension, faster steering system, new wheels, chin spoiler, aerodynamic fins on the bumper sides and maybe even bigger brakes like the Fiesta ST200. This is just the prototype so we don’t know what the production model will be equipped with.
The Focus ST280 may make an appearance at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October.