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Following RS collapse, new emission standards sign the Focus ST death sentence.
US relations with the ST brand may have been short-lived, but when Ford announced the discontinuation of the Focus ST along with the rest of its passenger car range in April 2018, enthusiasts across the country went into mourning. In the end, the Focus ST and its younger brother Fiesta ST were great cars that showed powerful features at low prices.
Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance Europe manager, said that thanks to European emission standards, the current generation of Focus ST cars could be the last.
“Producers must meet CO2 targets. If you produce a fully traditional RS-style product with CO2 emissions of more than 200 g / km, it really hurts you to fit your fleet. This is having a negative impact due to CO2 emissions and fines, ”he said.
This follows the announcement that the Porsche 911 will have to make major changes to its proprietary engine in order to comply with stricter European emission standards, which could lead to a decrease in its power. These rules pose problems for other performance-oriented models, such as the Focus RS, which have been “mothballed” due to non-compliance with emission standards.
The Ford Focus ST, which traditionally uses a front-wheel-drive layout and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, has been a favorite on the track since its launch in the United States. Mouzinger does not dare to talk about the possible successor to the Focus ST, but with the advent of the Ford Mustang Mach-E it would be completely unfair to think that Ford will introduce its EV technology in a lower performance car.
The manager acknowledges that it is important to listen to the opinions of customers, especially those who are faithful to their high-performance models: “As you can imagine, all types of research are being conducted. I can’t give you any time frames, but we’ll see what customers would like, and this is under consideration, of course, ”he concluded.
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