If you want a hot hatch with character then there are few cars to rival this Focus ST. Ford has a great heritage in making affordable, fun to drive and fast small cars and it shows.
Turn the key and the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine rumbles into life with a deep growl - while a quick blip of the throttle is accompanied by a satisfying burble from the twin exhausts, upgraded Mountune items in this instance.
This ST-2 looks simply fabulous finished in desirable Diamond White with a contrasting Dark Flint/Orange Mondus Cloth Upholstery.
It has had just 2 Keepers since new, the last owning it from August 2009, with everything left original bar the aforementioned exhaust silencer, giving it real providence.
Power comes courtesy of the brilliant 2.5 Litre, 225 BHP Turbo Petrol engine mated to the 6 Speed Manual Transmission which provides awesome performance.
Acceleration is effortless and feels never-ending but there's more to this Focus ST than just that excellent engine. It has superbly weighted and responsive steering, a perfectly balanced chassis and strong brakes which makes it enjoyable and rewarding to drive on twisting roads.
It's comfortable too with a compliant ride, while around the town the ST is as easy to drive as any other Focus.
Many good things have been written about the Focus ST and the following quote really sums up this cars ability.
" With no approximation needed with the well-weighted, fast steering, the beautifully-balanced ST can be driven with real finesse at the high speeds it’s capable of, with the driver dialled into the action without being beaten up by inputs they can do without – such as a squirming steering wheel or kickback over bumps. Bad messages filtered, good news let through, like the world’s most effective firewall ".
Additional features on this 'ST-2' include * Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, * Front Fog Lights, * Quickclear Heated Windscreen, * Xenon Headlights & Auto Levelling and Washers, * 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel, * Front Recaro Sports Seats, * ST Performance Suspension, * 18" Alloy Wheels.
This Focus ST-2 also benefits from being fitted with the desirable Quaife Differential.