The 2007 Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet was presented at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.
The new transformer is a production version of the highly acclaimed Vignale Concept that was first introduced two years ago at the international motor show in Paris.
The Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet was created jointly by Ford of Europe and Pininfarina — an Italian design house, which is mostly known for its revolutionary concepts and prototypes, but is also responsible for such mass-produced pieces of art as the 1955 Lancia Spider B24 SU, 1964 Ferrari 275, 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto, 1984 Ferrari Testarossa, 1999 Peugeot 406 Berlina and 2003 Maserati Quattroporte.
It is planned that the Coupe-Cabriolet will go into volume production in the middle of 2006. It is also expected that Pininfarina will also be responsible for final assembly of the car, which will be produced in a rather limited lot of 20,000 units per year.
Just like the upcoming Peugeot 308 cc, the car features a two-piece folding electric hardtop roof that can be turned up and down with a push of a button, transforming Focus from coupe into cabriolet and back again in a matter of seconds.
Technical specifications are yet to be announced, but the company says that the 2006 Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet will be equipped with a usual set of refinements, such as air conditioning, multiple airbags, in-car entertainment options and a full complement of active and passive safety features.
Set to compete against the VW Eos Convertible and the Opel Astra TwinTop, the Focus CC is powered with a choice of only three powerplants: 1.6 and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and a 2.0-liter oil-burner.
While the diesel engine is more or less adequate to the task producing 136bhp and 251 lb-ft (340Nm) of torque and providing the car with 0-62mph acceleration of around 11 seconds with combined fuel consumption of 50mpg (4.7 l/100km), the pair of gasoline engines just looks ridiculously weak.
The 1.6-liter inline-four develops no more than 100bhp and 110 lb-ft (149Nm), crawls to 62mph in 13.6 seconds and offers your CC a top speed of 114mph (183km/h) while delivering a fuel economy of 39.8mpg (5.9 l/100km) in a combined cycle.
More potent (or less impotent, you decide) 2.0-liter four-pot takes you to the 62mph mark in some 10.3 seconds but will travel around 37.6mpg (6.3 l/100km) in a combined cycle. And, I suspect, overtaking on a busy two-lane road will be a never-ending source of adrenaline rush.
2004 Ford Focus Vignale Concept photos:
Photos: Ford Europe
See also: 2007 Volkswagen EOS Convertible