This past month at the 2010 Paris Motor Show automakers from across the global converged for one week to showcase their latest and greatest technological achievements in the automotive realm. There was a breath-taking mix of concepts and production models from notable manufactures Ferrari, Audi, Lotus and Porsche. However that being said talk amongst the crowd as the “Most Fun” vehicle on display at this years show weren’t any of those high priced machines, it was surprisingly the 2012 Ford Focus ST: Ford’s newest small performance vehicle.
Why the Focus ST you ask? the choice for the “Most Fun” vehicle in Paris is solely based on the notion you don’t need 500 horsepower or even a rear-wheel drive to build a crowd full of grins into a everyday, feasible automobile. Says Wes Raynal, editor of AutoWeek the creator of the award “This car will be the ultimate enthusiast expression of the new-generation Focus, centered on a 2.0-liter aluminum four with high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft timing.”
“The new Focus ST will be our first true global performance vehicle and we are excited about the chance to give many customers worldwide their first taste of Ford’s acclaimed ST heritage,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles for Ford. “Like the ST and RS models before it, the Focus ST will be the result of painstaking tuning around the curves of the Nürburgring, along high-speed German autobahns, and down classic British B-roads.”
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