Ford currently offers two similar ST cars: the European diesel and the petrol engine of the Ford Focus ST hot hatch. The Blue Oval managed to put both cars head-to-head on the Castle Combe Circuit in England, to see which is better.
Let us size up the competition.
2015 Ford Focus ST Hatchback
The 2015 Focus ST Hatchback comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that outputs 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. The wagon goes from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The efficient Focus ST hatchback offers 64.2 mpg. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
2015 Focus ST Diesel Estate
The 2015 Focus ST TDCi comes with Ford’s European 2.0L TDCi inline four-cylinder engine tuned to 182 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The car goes from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph. The Focus ST TDCi with 64.2 mpg is one of the most fuel-efficient Ford performance cars ever built and one of the lowest CO2 emissions of any Ford sports car. The turbodiesel engine mated with a performance tuned six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, like most diesel cars sold overseas, there are no plans to sell the Focus turbodiesel in the U.S.
Behind the wheel is famous Steve Sutcliffe, an Autocar journalist that reviews most of the cars for British magazine. To see the winner, you have to watch all the confrontation.