2012 Ford Focus ST Mk3
Launched in 2012, the third Focus ST reverted back to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, but with a healthy 247hp and 270lb ft of torque. Offered in both hatchback and estate forms, the new ST gave even greater performance but with better fuel economy than the second-gen car.
Coinciding with the 2014 facelift of the Focus range, Ford introduced a diesel Focus ST powered by a 185hp 2.0-litre TDCi unit, and clearly aimed at the rival VW Golf GTD.
2015 Ford Focus RS Mk3
Ford RS purists finally had their prayers answered in 2015, as Ford introduced a Focus RS with 4WD. Using the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine from the Mustang gave a substantial 350hp with 350lb ft. 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 165mph, made for serious performance.
Biggest news came with the addition of a ‘Drift Mode’ that used torque-vectoring to make huge slides easier. On track only, of course…
Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS
With WRC regulations pushing manufacturers to use smaller supermini-based cars, the Mk3 Focus wouldn’t replicate the rally success of previous generations.
However, it still would feature in motorsport competition, including the FIA World Rallycross Championship in the hands of Ken Block. British Touring Car Championship action was also on the cards with the Motorbase Performance team.
2018 Ford Focus RS Mk3 Heritage Edition
With a new fourth-generation due soon, Ford had to bring production of the Focus RS to an end at some point. To help ease the pain, a final special Heritage Edition model will be limited to just 50 examples – all wearing the eye-searing Deep Orange paintwork. A power boost to 375hp, and a mechanical Quaife limited-slip-differential are included as part of the £39,895 tribute to 50 years since the launch of the Escort in the UK.
2018 Ford Focus Mk4
Set to retain the C1-platform of the current third-generation car, the Mk4 is expected to make evolutionary design changes – a strategy used by Ford for the latest Fiesta. Electrification will also be on the agenda, which Ford will surely hope for better success. All will be revealed soon.