The new Ford Focus ST is one of the most hotly-anticipated performance cars due for release this year. And it turns out it’s pretty quick, as this video put out by Ford shows.

Use launch control and the Focus ST will leap from 0-62mph in a mere 5.7secs. That makes it quicker than any other front-wheel-drive hot hatch, apart from the Renaultsport Megane 300 but that’s no quicker.

For a car that gives away quite a lot of power to the some of those rivals, that’s quite an achievement.

What manner of thing powers the Focus to such acceleration times? A 2.3-litre, four-cylinder turbo motor producing 276bhp and 310lb/ft of torque. That’s sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox – or a seven-speed dual-clutcher – and a trick electronic limited slip diff.

The ST isn’t just quick off the line, either. Ford claims it’ll lug from 31mph to 62mph (50km/h to 100km/h) in fourth gear in just four seconds – useful for country road overtakes and motorway slip roads.

Top speed is limited to 155mph.

Alternatively, there’s a 2.0-litre diesel option producing 187bhp and 295lb/ft. It’s only available with a manual ‘box and does away with the eLSD in favour of torque vectoring.

We’d go for the petrol estate version. It’s probably a bit slower than the hatchback but, as we know well, fast estates are just so much cooler than the hatch/saloon equivalent.

The Focus ST goes on sale later this year. More details as we get them.

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By Graham King