Shelby Ford Focus ST unveiled

16 Jan, 2013 6:16pm Tom Phillips

A tuned Shelby Ford Focus ST has been unveiled at the Detroit show

This is the Shelby Ford Focus ST, tuned by Shelby American, which has been unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show.

Taking a standard 247bhp Focus ST as a donor car, the Shelby model features Ford Racing lowered and uprated suspension, enlarged alloys, larger Brembo brakes with drilled discs, and a larger bore Borla exhaust.

There are no upgrades to the 2.0-litre turbo EcoBoost engine yet, although “Shelby American is developing an optional performance tune expected to significantly increase horsepower.” However, the engine is dressed up with carbon-fibre covers.

Exterior changes include a new bonnet with extra RS-style vents, carbon-fibre inserts for the front and rear bumpers, and a Shelby rear wing.

Three graphics packages are available, including the traditional Shelby stripes that have adorned tuned Mustangs for years.

Despite the fact that the upgrades are sold as 'affordable,' the Shelby Focus ST package begins at $14,995 (£9,300) not including the Ford Focus ST, which starts at $23,700 (£14,800) in the US, and will be limited to 500 examples per model year.

Shelby American also used the Detroit show to debut a wide-body version of its Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake. Now available with 10-inch-wide front and 13-inch-wide rear wheels for better traction, the Mustang wide-body kit will cost you an extra $14,995, whether you have the 'standard' 653bhp 5.4-litre supercharged V8 engined Super Snake or uprated 838bhp model.

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'A tuned Shelby Ford Focus ST has been unveiled at the Detroit show'

But it's not tuned??

'There are no upgrades to the 2.0-litre turbo EcoBoost engine yet'

There are no upgrades to the 2.0-litre turbo EcoBoost engine yet, although “Shelby American is developing an optional performance tune expected to significantly increase horsepower.” However, the engine is dressed up with carbon-fibre covers.

maybe read it all next time?

This is just as sad as the "MG" Metro of yore.

Ford shelby look great

My advice would be buy a Focus RS Mk2.

Cillit Bang!

over £9k for suspension, brembos and an exhaust?! leave cosworth to tune fords shelby, they do it properly...

All the show, but sadly without the go. Shame.

Oh dear oh dear. At least they're prepared to pay the ST owner £9k to ruin thei car. That's right isn't it?

The Focus ST starts at £22000 in the UK, why do Americans get it £7000 cheaper?

It's a Focus. Good deal in the US, at less than £15K, and £22K is a good deal for a 247BHP car.

But it's still just a Ford Focus.

It would be worth a drive if Shelby did as Shelby do and put a 5l V8 under the bonnet but the garish styling and Shelby badge shouldn't be associated with an engine with the word 'eco' in the name. If you want a good Focus, get a used Mk2 RS.

Yup and there is no paint inside the doors either! There is just that chemical coating that doesn't survive for very long in the British weather. I know about these things because a mate worked on his uncles Focus and it was built pretty much the same as the old Cortina! (In the days when one had to pay to get scrap cars taken away, I cut-up my rot-box Cortina and took the pieces to the recycling centre)

IMHO only cars made from Zintec or cars that are given a full body paint dip are any good. Having just said that, cars that were Zeibarted shortly after manufacture have lasted quite well - over twenty years in fact!

Of course in the boom years long ago car makers could sell anything and some cars had nude metal inside the box members!

Caveat Emptor!

THEY'RE MADE IN THE US THAT IS WHY!

We have to pay import taxes on top + VAT

I agree, rustproofing in the past and still leaves something to be desired, unless the owner takes the initiative to boost the rustproofing and keep it up then a new focus will end up just as rusty in 15 years time as it's 70's counterpart did in 8 years usually did! Mind you I have an unrestored 30 year old Sierra which is still pretty much rust free, but it has had and still has a caring owner! Also though, have you never noticed how rusty a lot of late 90's and early 2000's Mercs are?

If they haven't done it yet they can't unveil it yet can they maybe take ur face for a s.h!t next time

So apparently it takes Shelby to develop a "performance kit" that looks like nothing more than a few bits of plastic and a few bits from the parts bin? The joy of marketing - and stupid buyers.

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