If you've been waiting for Ford's latest high-performance take on the Focus,
, the wait is (nearly) over: the order books are open, and prices start from $24,495. And if you're one of the early adopters, you'll even get a free GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera.
The 2013 Ford Focus ST is the EcoBoost turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 252-horsepower, 270 pound-foot version of the popular Focus. With an upgraded suspension, slightly more aggressive exterior design, and unique, sport-themed interior, the Focus ST is the "hot hatch" version of the car.
Standard equipment on the Focus ST includes sport seats, unique 18-inch Y-spoke wheels, dual-zone climate control, and leather accents throughout the cabin. Optional upgrades such as full leather interior, six-way power Recaro seats (with partial or full leather), ambient lighting, and more. It's conveniently divided into three core packages.
You'll need to drive stick if you want the Focus ST, however; it's only available in six-speed manual form. It's also only available in five-door hatchback guise, so ditch any dreams of an ST sedan.
To learn more about what's available, what it'll cost you, and to configure your own Focus ST exactly as you'd like, visit the official build configuration site here