Text from Canadian Driver
The 2001 Focus S2 is the fourth in a series of factory-customized Focus models aimed at young, active car-buyers. The S2 follows the Focus Street Edition, the Kona Mountain Bike Edition, and the Sony Limited Edition.
Based on the two-door ZX3 hatchback model, the Focus S2 features unique interior and exterior styling cues, an upgraded audio system, and a European-tuned suspension.
Ford says the Focus S2 was inspired by positive consumer feedback for the Focus Street Edition first shown at the 2000 Miami International Auto Show.
"Focus S2 reflects the growing desire for a more expressive and aspirational small car," said Jim O'Connor Ford Division President. "We had such an overwhelming response from customers to Street Edition, particularly the European-tuned suspension, we decided to utilize it also on the three-door ZX3 model. We were able to deliver the new S2 in only six months. "
On the exterior, the S2's body kit features a unique front spoiler and rocker panels which give the car a more muscular appearance. Colour-keyed bodyside mouldings, a rear spoiler, six-spoke 16-inch aluminum wheels and a chrome exhaust tip complete the sporty exterior appearance.
The Focus S2 uses the same springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars found on the European Focus ZX3, offering more aggressive handling, feel, stability and grip. These modifications improve upon a front suspension that incorporates zero-offset geometry to improve stability, and MacPherson struts for better steering feel. ZX3's fully independent multi-link rear suspension provides excellent handling.
Inside, S2 features a six-disc in-dash CD changer and sport bucket seats with diamond-patterned inserts.
The powertrain is the same as the standard ZX3: a 2.0 litre DOHC Zetec 4 cylinder engine with 130 horsepower and 135 ft-lb. of torque and a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.
The S2 will be available in CD silver, Sangria Red and Liquid Grey, the latter a colour exclusive to the S2.
A limited number of Focus S2's will be built.