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Next-Gen Ford Focus ST May Only Offer a Manual Transmission

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/23/2018 Motor Trend Staff
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The Ford Focus ST isn't the newest or most refined hot hatch you can buy, but it's still quick and fun to drive. And despite its relatively affordable $26,045 base price, it's only available to a relatively small group of drivers in the U.S. That's because the Focus ST is only available with a stick. From the sound of it, Ford has no plans to change that on the next-generation Focus ST, either.

Autocar reports that based on what it's heard, the redesigned Focus ST will be manual-only. The report doesn't cite a source or quote anyone from Ford, so it should be taken with a huge grain of salt. It it's true, though, the Focus ST will be one of the only cars in America that doesn't offer some sort of automatic transmission option.

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The report also suggests that previous rumors of a three-cylinder Focus ST were inaccurate. Instead, the redesigned car is said to use a modified version of the 2.3-liter turbo-four used in the current Focus RS. The 1.5-liter three-cylinder was reportedly considered, but getting it to make the necessary power would have supposedly posed reliability risks.

As with the Focus ST's transmission, Autocar didn't cite a source for its engine claim. Still, it makes sense that Ford would use a four-cylinder instead of an inline-three. A 275-hp turbo-three sounds great in theory, but we're not sure such a highly stressed engine would offer many real-world advantages. A detuned Focus RS engine would also probably come with a lot more tuning potential.

Ford hasn't officially confirmed the next-gen Focus ST, but with the standard global Focus now revealed, look for the hotter ST version to debut sometime next year, perhaps ahead of the Geneva Motor Show.

Source: Autocar

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