Giving everyone yet another reason to head to Paris this October, Ford will be showing off the new Focus ST for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. As the flagship of the company’s global Focus lineup, the ST will be powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline four cranking out 247 horsepower. (And yes, that appears to be a manual transmission in the picture below.) According to the company, the Focus ST will be the company’s first car developed as part of their new “global Performance Vehicles strategy”—not sure what that means, but we hope it’ll ultimately translate to “Focus RS in the United States.”
Judging by the first pictures, the car looks pretty aggressive for a Focus, even if the front end is tad reminiscent of the Honda CR-Z. The car being shown in Paris is still a prototype, so don’t be surprised if some changes occur between now and when it goes into production in early 2012. Ford says the ST is targeted at “all global markets,” just like the regular Focus, so we should hopefully see them on our shores in a year and a half or so.