Following on from the announcement in September of a new 2 litre 247 bhp Ford Focus ST, comes news from Ford that there’s another on the way. This latest addition to Ford’s sporty range will be the Zetec S with a new 1.6-litre 177 bhp (180 PS) EcoBoost petrol engine.
Based on the existing Zetec car, it gets new front and rear spoilers with lower sill extensions, LED tail lamps and 17in alloy wheels. The ‘sports suspension’ features stiffened springs and dampers.
The five-door Zetec S is available now with an estate car to follow in February next year. In addition to the 1.6-litre 177 bhp engine there is a 1.6 litre, 123 bhp (125 PS) Ti-VCT petrol unit and a 2 litre 160 bhp (163 PS) TDCi oil burner also available with either manual or PowerShift automatic transmission.
Apparently the new 177 bhp EcoBoost turbo-charged petrol engine will do 138 mph and gets off its mark from 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 secs. And as is the way these days, it emits only 139g/km CO2.
At £18,745 on the road the Focus Zetec S is only £1,250 above the equivalent Zetec car but includes over 1,700 poundsworth of extras.