Ford Is Going to Sell a Diesel-Powered Focus ST—Seriously

March 7, 2014 at 9:35 am by | Photography by Michael Simari

2014 Ford Focus ST

2014 (gas-fed) Ford Focus ST

We tempted the hot-hatch crowd last month with news of a possible Mustang-powered Ford Focus RS. Now, Ford is taunting us back with another hi-po Focus that will stay on a permanent European vacation: a diesel-powered ST.

In a report by Auto Express and confirmed to Car and Driver, Ford COO Mark Fields said in Geneva that the Dearborn-based manufacturer would soon sell the Focus ST with a diesel. Subbing in for the ST’s 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four will be Ford’s 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi turbo-diesel inline-four, which normally makes 161 horsepower but will be tuned to deliver 182 horses for the ST. If Ford can find a similar bump for the engine’s standard 251 lb-ft of torque, it’ll square with the Volkswagen GTD, the diesel GTI that most definitely will arrive in the U.S. next year. Auto Express quoted a 0-to-62-mph time of eight seconds flat, which would be at least a half-second slower than the GTD.

While Fields didn’t explicitly discount the U.S. market, Ford doesn’t sell a single diesel-powered passenger car here, so a fast diesel would be highly unlikely unless the GTD strikes gold. Either way, the strong likelihood that we’ll never be able to run a comparison test of diesel performance hatches on our roads is making us wish we’d never seen the news in the first place.

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