Analysis Of St. Douglas's ' The Book ' Of Speed '

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Chapter ST in the Book of Speed.

Tangerine Scream was the perfect name for the tri-coat patina smothering the body of a delicious 2015 Ford Focus ST five-door hatchback, a model tasked with teasing and pleasing me recently. Indeed, the ST’s bright finish served as an exclamation point on a model with more attitude between the wheels than some far more expensive sports cars.

If you aren’t familiar with “ST,” then allow me to rip a chapter from the book of all things speed. ST is a line of sporty vehicles from Ford Performance, representing the racing arm of the Ford Motor Company. The ST line is currently composed of the Ford Fiesta ST and the Ford Focus ST. Moreover, a near ST-like Fusion Sport sedan is due for release in 2017.

Both ST models are new to Ford fans in the US, but the line has long been familiar to European fans. North American car buyers now have access to these models because of the company’s “One Ford” initiative: in essence, Ford is now selling nearly all its models across multiple markets.

From Europe, With Performance

Previously, some of Europe’s best vehicles were held back from the US. Beginning in 2008 that all began to change as the Euro-spec Fiesta and Focus were soon sent across the Atlantic. New ST models followed and now Ford has a pair of hot hatchbacks to segue to the handsome Mustang.

So, what’s the big deal about the Focus ST? Besides its tricked out visage with special skirting, alloy wheels, summer tires, unique lights and fascias, and…
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