The Ford Focus ST uses a nice sounding, pretty torquey 2.5liter 5 cylinder turbocharged engine and had formed the base engine to the RS version of this car. In ST form, even with that sexual innuendo-like ‘ST’ moniker, the Focus was rated as one of the best hot hatches you can buy.
And now with that fact that the 2.5liter engine failing to meet Euro5 standards, the Focus ST is no more. This is because its largest market was in fact, Europe, and without sales in over there it obviously had to be discontinued.
Ford is however expected to launch a 4cylinder successor to the ST at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. While it may lose out on the 5 cylinder ‘warble’, current technology will ensure that it keeps its poke.
Other fast, sporty cars that will fall victim to the mandatory Euro5 standard that is required for all cars on sale in Europe are Alfa Romeo’s Brera 3.2 (while slightly newer than the fabulous 3.0liter V6 used previously, it still fails to have a long lifespan), Mazda’s RX8 (quite obvious as the rotary engine is pretty hard to tune for emissions -pictured below), and that 5.0liter V10 turbodiesel used by the Volkswagen-Audi Group (in the VW Tourag and the Phaeton).