Has the Blue Oval revealed what's powering its new hot hatch with a sticker fitted to all Mk4 Focuses? We've seen reports the next-generation Ford Focus ST will get an adaptation of the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine from the current Focus RS, and we've heard the industry chatter, but a picture posted on Facebook (above) by an eagle-eyed fan has all but confirmed it.Posted on a Ford Focus RS forum on the social media site, this image appears to come from a fourth-generation Focus ST, revealing it'll be powered by a 2.3L GDTI engine. A bit of digging through our archives, however, has revealed the same sticker is fitted to all Mk4 Focus engine bays – check out this photo.The sticker seemingly confirms a report published in Autocar claiming the new ST power plant will have "close technical links" to the engine in the outgoing Focus RS.It's likely to make a more front-drive friendly 200-220kW instead of the 254kW offered in the all-wheel drive RS, which will … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford Focus ST: 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine confirmed?
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Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled ‘hot hatch’? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks. When cross-shopping pocket rockets, there are also sedan (Subaru WRX STI), coupe (BMW M2) and wagon (AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake) alternatives to consider as well. The go-fast hatch goalposts are also perpetually moving: today’s ‘warm hatch’ is yesterday’s ‘hot’, the current ‘hot’ is the new ‘hyper’, and traditional hyper-hatch spearheads – gen-II Renault Megane RS, say – look to inevitably become overshadowed by ever-more potent and monstrous machinery. Buyers are just spoilt for choice in variety, size, style, price and even driven wheel type, with the playing … [Read more...] about 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test