When you think of small and affordable cars, responsive handling might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, it turns out that just because a car is small or reasonably priced doesn’t mean that those looking to purchase them are less spirited in their driving. This is where the all-new for 2012 Ford Focus comes into play.

Ford has been asking its enthusiast what they want out of a new Focus and one of those things was more responsive handling according to Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus. “They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We’ve done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models.” All Ford Focus models will come standard with electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control.

The extras will come with different packages like the top of the line Focus Titanium model, which will feature standard sport-tuned suspension with an optional Titanium Handling Package that features 18-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires. Even with out the optional handling package the Titanium will receive stiffer springs and dampers, but for those who really plan to squeeze the fun out of their Focus, the Handling Package will offer optimized suspension components and a trunk mounted full size spare.

“Focus enthusiasts spoke and we listened, providing them with additional packages,” said Rushbrook, an active amateur Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racer. “Serious drivers looking for even more grip in the corners will really appreciate the SE Sport and Titanium Handling Packages.”


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[Source: Ford]