It’s official…twelve per cent more power and twelve per cent faster. Ford has confirmed that the all-new 2019 Ford Focus ST hatchback sprints from 0‑62mph in 5.7 seconds, which is 0.8 seconds quicker than the previous generation model.

Powered by a 276hp 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – 30hp more than the previous model – the new Focus ST is even quicker than the previous Focus RS.

Twin-scroll turbocharging technology contributes to peak torque of 420Nm for rapid response to throttle inputs, and an anti-lag system enables rapid delivery of boost on demand. Flat-shift capability for the six-speed manual gearbox and launch control optimise standing start performance.

The low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger on the 2.3-litre EcoBoost power plant scavenges exhaust gasses more effectively to optimise the energy transferred into the turbine wheel – producing more power and delivering boost pressure faster. Separated exhaust channels transfer the gas pulses from cylinders one and four, and two and three – minimising pulse interference for a consistent flow of energy.

By keeping the turbocharger primed for immediate response and maintaining positive pressure in the intake manifold when off throttle, the innovative technology allows faster resumption of both boost pressure and optimised combustion when the driver returns to the accelerator. In addition, an electronically actuated turbocharger waste-gate allows closer control of boost pressures for enhanced engine performance.

The all-new Focus ST’s straight-line speed is matched by its fast cornering ability, engaging the electronically limited slip-diff for a front-wheel drive model. Incorporated into the six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions for 2.3-litre EcoBoost models, the system uses hydraulically activated clutches to redistribute up to 100 per cent of available engine torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheel spin. The result is improved agility and a significant reduction in understeer during acceleration both through, and out of, corners.

In addition, the Focus ST hatch features ‘continuously controlled damping’ tech that monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs every two milliseconds to adjust damping responses to ride quality and driving dynamics. The system features three pre-set levels of damping to support the Focus ST’s Selectable Drive Modes; one for Slippery/Wet and Normal modes, one for Sport mode and another – delivering up to twice the vertical load resistance of Sport mode – for Track mode.

The all-new Focus ST is available from launch in five-door and estate body styles offering 276hp 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol and 187hp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrains with six-speed manual transmissions. Seven-speed automatic hatch and estate variants will be available to order in the autumn.