2012 Focus ST prototype releases by Ford

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Ford is testing its high-performance version of the Ford Focus ST that will soon make availalbe for the European, Asia and North American markets. Today, Ford released its own spy shots of the upcoming 2012 Focus ST hatchback.

There are about 60 Ford Focus ST prototypes currently undergoing testing and development in Europe and North America. The 2012 Focus ST hatchback prototype in camouflage is based on standard Ford Focus, and the production model may be bit different than this prototype model. All we know for now is that it is powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine producing 250 horsepower instead of the five-cylinder engine from Volvo. In addition, it will feature Electric Power Assist Steering system and new sport seats.

“We’ve done all the engineering groundwork, and now we’re using some of the most demanding roads we can find in Europe and North America to validate and fine tune the performance and driving dynamics,” said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles.

So far, Ford had done testing on cold weather testing and steering performance for the 2012 Ford Focus ST.