A couple of many years back, Volkswagen made some waves when it announced the Golf GTD – a diesel-powered automobile that, aside from its ultra-efficient, ultra-torquey engine, was identical to the gasoline-powered GTI. That meant cosseting sport seats, bigger wheels, sportier suspension, more substantial brakes and a body kit that made the GTD indistinguishable from the GTI, except for the 3 small letters on the back and in the grille.
Now, Ford is searching to replicate VW’;s good results, with a diesel edition of the Target ST. According to Motor Trend, the diesel-powered ST will use a 2.-liter, 182-horsepower 4-cylinder. With an unspecified volume of torque on supply (we would guess about 280 pound-feet), the diesel sizzling hatch should hit 62 miles per hour in about 8 seconds.
The report, which initially comes from Auto Express, claims the ST Diesel was confirmed by Ford Chief Advertising Officer Mark Fields in the course of this week’;s Geneva Motor Demonstrate. Not surprisingly, it doesn’;t appear there are any programs to deliver a diesel-powered Focus of any sort to the US, allow alone a single that utilizes the suspension, steering and other items from the ST. Of program, if there is an official confirmation from Ford, we’;ll be positive to report on it.