Ford has announced the new sporty Zetec S, which will join to the Focus' line-up. The hot hatch is developed specifically for UK customers and combines a new 1.6-litre 180PS EcoBoost petrol engine with sports styling.

The special edition Focus is based on the Zetec model and adds adds a full sports styling kit including unique front and rear spoilers with lower sill extensions and 17" alloy wheels together with sports suspension featuring stiffened springs and dampers, aluminium-style sports pedals, rear LED tail lamps and Ford Power starter button.

"Zetec S models have always been popular with UK customers and so we are delighted to welcome our new Focus Zetec S to the range.  With sporty exterior body styling and impressive performance and economy, this latest addition is set to be another showroom hit.", commented Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain marketing director.

2012 Ford Focus Zetec S is powered by a 1.6 liter EcoBoost with 180PS (132 kW), which grants superb performance – 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph). Furthermore, the emissions are just 139 g/km.

The 1.6-litre 125PS Ti-VCT petrol and the 2.0-litre 163PS TDCi are also available and can be specified with either manual or PowerShift automatic transmission.

2012 Zetec S is priced at £18 745, which is just £1 250 above the equivalent Zetec. The Zetec S and Titanium are identically priced so customers can choose either sport or luxury at the same price point.

Options list includes cruise control with Active Speed Limiter and a Zetec S interior pack featuring Inferno Red partial leather, heated front seats, power driver seat, power rear windows and global closing for £800.

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Source: Ford