Paris motor show: Ford Focus ST
Ford's new Focus ST has been introduced to the public for the first time at the Paris motor show.
It goes on sale worldwide in early 2012 and is the first sporting effort to be developed under Ford's new global performance vehicles strategy.
The car features a 246bhp version of the 2.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine that Ford promises will deliver exhilarating performance and an addictive sound.
The specially-tuned engine means the ST will eclipse the 223bhp output of the current generation car and puts it on par with the Renault Megane 250.
The car on show at Paris is a pre-production preview of the ST, but it does reveal the styling tweaks that differentiate the performance variant from the standard range.
Deeper air intakes, side skirts and a roof spoiler make the new hot hatch a more aggressive prospect than the current ST, with the effect complimented by the dramatic paint job Ford has dubbed 'Tangerine Scream'.
The interior also looks the part, with a carbon-fibre effect featuring heavily on the fascia, and a high contrast 'stitched leather' finish on the dash.
No word on price yet, and while some have raised concerns about the compromise necessary in building a truly global car, the ST is likely to be a successful model.