Everyone knows that the right outfit can make all the difference when it comes to turning heads – the 2013 Ford Focus ST representing the automotive definition of the concept. Design-wise, the latest Focus ST isn’t really anything to write home about in terms of jaw-dropping beauty, but slap a coat of “Tangerine Scream” paint on the thing and you have yourself a vehicle that’s guaranteed to get a second glance and indeed furrow many a brow.
However, they say that beauty is only skin deep and in this instance they…whoever ‘they’ are…are pretty much on the money. Even without a brash paint job designed to let people know you’re a ‘character’ and not to be messed with, the 2013 Ford Focus ST would still be lapping up the acclaim for its handling, performance and the various goodies you’ll find on the interior.
As expected, the most immediately striking feature of the 2013 ST’s interior is the array of auxiliary gauges that confirm the car means business. Standard across the Focus ST’s class, you’ll find oil pressure, turbo boost pressure and oil temperature gauges which up the ante from many of the its rivals by going way beyond just telling the driver if anything’s simply too hot or cold.
Add to this the premium cabin trim we’ve come to expect from the ST and you’d be onto a massive winner, but Ford appears to have upped the ante in a big way this time around with enormous new Recaro bucket seats and a somehow gigantic and practical trunk to boot.
The 2013 Focus ST is beyond fun to drive and performs with the best of them. It’s a funny mixture really as it’s one of those cars that without it’s almost “Hey, I said look at me!” paint job would be one of the most understated and stealthy pocket-rockets of the decade so for.
But then again, the Focus ST has never been looking to target the shy and retiring market.