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2018 Ford Focus ST

2018 Ford Focus ST

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 6,400 Miles

Engine: 2.0L Ecoboost Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Magnetic Grey Metallic Exterior

Interior: Charcoal Black Cloth Interior

Additional features:

Advancetrac w/ Stability Control (ESC)

ST Cloth Seats

Leather Steering Wheel

Active Grill Shutters

Kahu Connected Car Technology

6-Speaker Sound System w/ Bluetooth

Intelligent Access w/ Push Button Start

Premium Window Tint

Door Cups and Edge Guards

Vehicle Theft Replacement (VTR)

Halogen Headlights w/ Auto Function

Fog Lights

ST Rear Spoiler

ST Center Exhaust

Illuminated Entry Lights

60/40 Folding Rear Seat

Factory All-Weather Floor Mats

18” ST Alloy Wheels

Goodyear Eagle F1 High-Performance Tires

1-Owner Example

Arizona Car

Background

2018 Ford Focus ST exterior photo

As the automotive world succumbs to the cancer of bloated crossovers and SUVs, the significance of the MK3 Ford Focus ST cannot be understated—as this is not only the last hot hatchback Ford will sell in the U.S., but it is one of the last cars period! Early this year Ford announced, besides the Mustang, it will “focus” only on crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. To fully understand the MK3 Ford Focus, one must take a brief foray into the history of the Ford and its cars—ones that don’t bear the name Mustang. And to do that one must look not in the U.S., but to Europe. Ford of Europe has a long history of sporty cars dating back to 1962, with legendary names like Cortina, Mondeo, and Escort. The Ford Lotus Cortina was wildly successful in motorsport, which lead to the road-going version becoming the most successful car by sales in Great Britain for nearly the entire 1970’s decade. It was only outdone for one year by its Escort sibling, which in addition to winning multiple World Rally stages, was not only one of the best selling cars in Great Britain and Europe, but also the world for the subsequent two decades!

When Ford brought the Escort to the U.S. Market in the late 1980s we didn’t get any of the apex-ripping European versions; instead we got a boring economy car that inspired little more than mediocrity—I should know, my family had two of them. …shudder… When the MK1 Focus replaced the Escort in 1998, the U.S. Market was once again neglected, failing to receive the hot Europe-only RS version. There was a limp-wristed attempt with the Focus SVT, but it wasn’t until the MK3 Focus ST in 2012 (followed by a facelift in 2015) that we finally got the actual European hot hatch. The MK3 Ford Focus ST received a turbocharged 252-horsepower 4-cylinder engine connected to a proper 6-speed manual gearbox in a rigid, neutral chassis that can actually go around corners. The interior was optioned with properly bolstered seats, a leather steering wheel, a 6-speaker infotainment system with Bluetooth, one-touch windows, keyless entry, and a push button start. This was not the economy car you may have grown up in—it is a proper European hot hatch. It is also the last one bearing the Ford badge that can be purchased in the U.S. Market. Ford ceased production of the MK3 Focus in the U.S. on May 4, 2018.

Summary

 exterior photo

This 2018 Magnetic Grey Metallic Focus ST is an exceptional example with only 6,400 miles. A Charcoal Black cloth ST interior complements the exterior perfectly, and the cloth ST seats are significantly more comfortable than the bolstered Recaros. I am no fan of modern cars, but the Mk3 Ford Focus is one of the few that I absolutely love. I have literally switched rental car agencies on the spot when my promised Focus was replaced by “something similar.” That is because there are few cars in its class that are as good as the Ford Focus. This is an original owner example that was purchased by Chapman Ford in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 23, 2018. It has been enthusiast owned and received a dealer service in April of this year at 5,300 miles. It came to us on trade for a BMW E39 M5. In March of this year a piece of re-tread tire debris took out the ST rear valance. The owner claimed it on his insurance and had it replaced with OEM parts. It reports as damage on the Carfax, but an invoice for the repair and pictures substantiating the incident are included in the records binder. It comes with the factory floor mats, all owners’ manuals, two key FOBs, a receipt for the dealer service, and the original window sticker. The condition is virtually perfect, with no notable or glaring cosmetic or mechanical defects. Close scrutiny reveals light rock chips on the lower hood and front bumper cover, a faint scratch on the passenger front fender, and another scratch near the driver’s door handle. There are few better modern cars for the money than a Ford Focus ST.