At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the legendary tuner Shelby American has revealed a souped-up version of the 2013 Ford Focus ST hot hatch. Although not offering anything groundbreaking in term of maximum power or acceleration time, the new 2013 Shelby Focus ST Limited Edition brings you a nice design package with custom interior and some other enhancements.
According to the press release that was disseminated by Shelby American, the new car will be a conditionally limited edition: the tuning studio will accept no more than 500 cars per year for a comprehensive makeover.
Those that will be accepted, will be partially stripped down with the original hood and grille swapped for a ventilated bonnet and hydro-carbon grille inserts both on the front and the rear part of the car.
To make the car look even cooler (and, probably, to make it better cling to the road), the Shelby Focus ST was additionally equipped with a rear spoiler (also black), while the rear Ford logo was swapped for Shelby lettering on a black applique that somehow reminds me of a similarly styled badge on the trunk of the outgoing 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.
The interior will, too, be completely customized on the premises with lots of Shelby logos, as well a new Shelby shifter that will probably make the task of shifting gears even more rewarding.
As for the performance part, a prospective customer is offered with larger, more efficient brakes with drilled rotors; as well as a lowered Ford Racing suspension and a custom Borla exhaust system. The latter will probably fail to offer a noticeable increase in power, but will surely make the vehicle’s 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost four-banger sound even sexier than it actually is.
The car won’t come cheap, though. At this time, the American tuner plans to charge at least $15,000 for the personalization program and that does not include the cost of the donor car!
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Photos: Shelby American