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2015 Ford Focus ST Put to the Test on Ignition (W/Video)

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/5/2015 Megan Stewart

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We loved the first Ford Focus ST when it came out three years ago, along with the smaller FordFiesta ST. And now, the automaker has updated the Focus ST inside and out for the new model year. But is this enough to make the 2015 Ford Focus ST better than its predecessor? Carlos Lago, the host of this week's episode of Ignition, decided to put it to the test.

Changes come in the way of new bumpers and lights, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and suspension tuning to improve steering feel. However, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder remains unchanged, along with the six-speed manual transmission and brake-actuated faux limited slip differential.

The new model is slightly heavier and slower, but still managed a good 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds. The quarter mile took 14.8 seconds at 94.3 mph. While the 60-0 mph stopping distance improved to a shorter 108 feet, the figure-eight time was slower at 26.8 seconds when compared to the first Ford Focus ST we tested.

Out on the road, Lago states that the new Focus ST remains one of his favorite front-drive cars to drive. Why? It makes you want to drive it harder. The sound may not be as pleasing as more expensive sports cars, and the handling or balance may not be on point with a rear-drive car, but it "drives better than a lot of supposed rear-drive sports cars."

Check out the video aboveto hear what Lago thought of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus ST.

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