Ford has topped up its Focus ST hot hatch with a limited edition ST-3 that’s full of extra tech.

Heading the list are headlights that use a camera to ‘see’ the road ahead, along with head-up display and a large panoramic glass roof.

Externally, the Focus ST-3 is identical to the regular model with the exception of Sequential LED turn signals and headlights.

The headlights feature Ford’s clever Advanced Front Lighting System that uses the front-facing camera used by the vehicle’s active safety systems to monitor the road ahead.

By harnessing camera and lighting technologies, the system is able to track line markings so that it can direct headlights into curves before the driver has even turned the wheel.

Inside, ST-3 adds a number of premium features, including heated and electrically adjustable Recaro sports seats trimmed in leather and suede, with larger bolsters for improved lateral support during cornering.

Both front seats feature ST logos, with lumbar support for both.

Thanks to head-up display (HUD), the driver can remain focused on the road ahead, while all occupants can enjoy the B&O PLAY sound system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer.

A panoramic sunroof completes the package.

ST-3 is powered by the same 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 206kW of power at 5500 revs and 420Nm of torque from 3000-4000 revs.

The stndard 7-speed auto features selectable drive modes, with an electronic limited-slip diff, launch control, performance shift-lights, flat-shift and anti-lag technology as well as Ford’s sophisticated Continually Controlled Damping (CCD) with its clever Pothole Detection system.

Like the regular ST, this one will be fully-imported from Germany, with a limited run of 200 vehicles available only with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Recommended price is $47,990, with prestige paint adding $650.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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