10/30/2013 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // Beverly, MA, USA // Thomas Ford
As a performance-focused model, the 2014 Ford Focus ST already boasts a number of sporty touches and equipment upgrades, but Ford has teamed with several aftermarket tuners to show that those unique features only scratch the surface of possibilities. Slated to be on display among the automaker’s 57 customized rides at the SEMA Show next month in Las Vegas, four new tricked-out Focus ST models were recently unveiled, ranging in design from a rally-ready hot hatch to a criminal-capturing compact for law enforcement.
Set apart by 19-inch Rotiform wheels and a bluish-gray paintjob from Axalta, the Focus ST by PM Lifestyle also receives high-performance equipment from Banks Power, including an iQ Man-Machine Interface and a straight-shot water-methanol injection system. Inside, the cabin is prepped for extreme cornering with a five-point harness from Schroth Racing and Sparco Chrono Road seats. Another model, the Green Filter USA Focus ST, nods to Ford’s 1960s success with Team Lotus, donning the motorsports group’s classic green and gold colors. The car’s parts are far from vintage, however, featuring modern enhancements like a Ground Force suspension, 18-inch rims from American Racing Wheels and a high-performance air filter with a custom intake and exhaust.
“Since its launch last year, the Ford Focus ST has become a popular car to modify because it provides such a sporty and stylish base for driving enthusiasts to build upon,” said Jeff Klein, general manager of Thomas Ford, a Beverly, MA Ford dealership. “The Focus ST is also affordably priced, so it has been able to attract younger buyers as a car that is both engaging and economical.”
The millennial appeal of the Focus ST shines through on the SEMA model from Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti (DRAGG), an organization that leverages the auto industry and its vehicles to cultivate a positive future for young people. With LED emergency lights on its roof and a custom rifle rack inside, the silver Focus ST from DRAGG would allow law enforcement to quickly track down criminals with the help of its Borla dual exhaust, Motegi Racing wheels, Eibach Springs suspension and Wilwood Engineering brakes.
The fourth Focus ST was customized by Universal Technical Institute and is another racing-themed model. Sporting the signature blue and orange livery of Gulf Racing, the vehicle elevates performance with modifications like Baer brakes, a KW suspension kit and a high-flow catalytic converter from Motiv Concepts that boosts horsepower.
Though buyers won’t be able to take home any of the aforementioned Focus ST models appearing at SEMA, the production version offers plenty of stand-out features, including a hexagonal black-mesh grille, a high-mounted rear spoiler, a bright-tipped dual exhaust, lower valences and rocker moldings. Performance is also enhanced by a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a sport suspension.
“The Focus ST offers its edgy styling and responsive ride while remaining highly practical for day-to-day driving,” noted Klein. “It saves drivers at the pump with a best-in-class manual fuel economy of 32 mpg on the highway, and Focus ST owners can also access nearly 45 cubic feet of cargo space through the hatch when the rear seats are folded down.”
About Thomas Ford:
Thomas Ford, located in Beverly, has been a fixture in the North Shore of Massachusetts for more than 40 years. They base their success on their dedicated sales and Ford service departments’ commitment to customer satisfaction. It’s never been a better time to be a Ford owner, and Thomas Ford encourages you to stop by their dealership to discover why. For more information, call them at 978-922-0059, visit their website at www.thomasford.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThomasFordAuto or stop by their dealership at 211 Rantoul Street in Beverly, Massachusetts.
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