Ford Focus 20 years

The history of the Ford Focus in pictures

2007 Ford Focus Mk2 Facelift

Ford Focus 20 years

After less than three years on sale, Ford revealed a facelifted Mk2 Focus at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a more comprehensive overhaul to bring it into line with the rest of the Ford range, almost every body panel was changed along with new lights and grille designs.

Inside was no different with higher quality materials used for the dashboard, along with introduction of options like DAB radio and a push-button starter. A double-clutch gearbox and revised diesel engine also joined the party.

2005 Ford Focus ST Mk2

Ford Focus 20 years

Ford didn’t hang around in offering a Mk2 Focus hot hatch, with the ST making a debut in 2005. A Volvo-sourced five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine stood out amongst four-cylinder rivals, and blessed the ST with 222hp and a distinctive exhaust note. 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 150mph, put it on par with the Mk1 RS.

Lowered and stiffened suspension, along with uprated brakes, were included in the upgrades while the interior gained Recaro sports seats up front. Although Electric Orange wasn’t a mandatory colour choice, it quickly gained a reputation as the defining hue for the Mk2 ST.

2008 Ford Focus RS Mk2

Ford Focus 20 years

With the hot hatch arms race in full swing, Ford broke through the 300hp barrier with the second-generation Focus RS. Using a modified version of the five-cylinder turbo from the ST, peak power came in at 301hp with a corresponding 325lb ft of torque. 0-62mph took less than 6 seconds, while the top speed continued to over 160mph.

Retaining the front-wheel drive layout, Ford employed both a Quaife limited-slip differential and a special RevoKnuckle front suspension design to try and control the rampant torque. Exterior changes included a huge rear spoiler, with a gaping front bumper and 19-inch wheels.

2010 Ford Focus RS500 Mk2

Ford Focus 20 years

Buoyed by the success of the Mk2 RS, Ford created a limited edition version in 2010 with power boosted to 345hp and 339lb ft of torque. Performance improved, with the 0-62mph dash taking just 5.4 tyre-shredding seconds.

All 500 cars, 101 of which came to the UK, featured a special matte black wrap applied to the outside along with black alloy wheels. Despite a price tag of over £35,000, all 101 cars found homes immediately.

Ford Focus RS WRC Mk2

Ford Focus 20 years

With an all-new Focus RS WRC car launched in 2006, Ford also bagged Marcus Grönholm as their number one driver. Success was immediate, with the pairing taking victory at the Monte Carlo season-opener. More wins would follow, although Grönholm would miss out on adding another Drivers’ title to his name.

Back-to-back Manufacturers’ championships in 2006 and 2007 did cement the Mk2 WRC car as a serious mud-slinging machine, and brought Ford title success for the first time since 1979.