The all-new generation of Ford Focus is a meeting point for many new and amazing technologies. And they’re not just about luxury and convenience, Ford is also paying big attention to the car’s ride and handling, so it would stay at the top as the most fun to drive family car on the market. They just announced sport handling packages for the 2012 Focus range.
All models in the range come as standard with electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control, making the vehicle feel more responsive and agile in corners. And then based on the trim level, you get more advanced systems.
The handling package for the Ford Focus SE which is the mid-range model includes alloy wheels, sport seats, rear disc brakes, piano black grille, unique interior appointments and five-speed manual transmission. While the top of the range Titanium models get sport-tuned suspension in addition to offering an optional Titanium Handling Package with 18-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.
The package for four-door SE models also comprises a rear spoiler, while all SE Sport Package models with the PowerShift™ dual-clutch transmission add SelectShift Automatic™ functionality for manual override gear selection, and the Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-coat paint.
Focus Titanium sedan or hatchback can add the Titanium Handling Package with optimized suspension components, special 18-inch alloy wheels, low-profile summer performance tires and a trunk-mounted full-size spare.
“Our enthusiast customers told us exactly what they want in an all-new Focus,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus. “They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We’ve done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models.”
“Focus enthusiasts spoke and we listened, providing them with additional packages,” said Rushbrook, an active amateur Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racer. “Serious drivers looking for even more grip in the corners will really appreciate the SE Sport and Titanium Handling Packages.”