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Bendix Test Pilot: Ford Focus ST - General CT Brake Pad Install

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Sep. 19, 2017

The Ford Focus ST is the modern ‘Euro’ hot hatch. The first fast Focus, the ST170 was built in Germany, and critics applaud it as a step forward for Ford small cars. It rode well, handled brilliantly, and although lacked power, was incredibly fun to drive. Fast forward to 2013, and the Focus ST is now in its third generation. It’s come a long way from its warm hatch days, with even more firepower, handling, refinement and panache.

Modern hot hatches now juggle the fine line between premium, sporty looks and affordable pricing. While the Focus has a certain European quality to its design, features and materials, it stays on the reasonable side of pricing. Inside you’ll find leather or Alcantara adorning the touch surfaces, with a pair of Recaro arm chairs up front. Sink into it and you’ll notice the vast glasshouse with heaps of vision everywhere…except the rear quarters. All the must have gadgets such as reverse camera, Bluetooth audio, 10 speaker and subwoofer sound system by Sony is there, as expected of a hot hatchback. The rear seats are spacious too, with a massive boot for all your storage needs.

Fire up the 2L EcoBoost engine and suddenly the 181kW turbo four cylinder thunders into life. That lively centre exit exhaust likes to make itself heard when you plant the foot down, but otherwise your Spotify playlist will drown it out in daily traffic. The steering still retains the playfulness of the previous generation, and the big wide wheels have no trouble providing masses of grip. All that power through the front wheels do introduce some torque steer, but we’ll notch that up as character.

The Focus ST is a great, well rounded car, packing just the right amounts of oomph, comfort and liveability. So when it comes to replacing the brakes, the Bendix General CT keeps that well roundedness that makes the Focus ST such a great car to live with. Made to match, and in most cases, exceed OEM brake pads’ performance, the General CT is extremely low dust and noiseless.

The unique Blue Titanium Stripe means there is no need for complicated bedding in. Instead, the titanium stripe delivers great pedal feel and instant friction out of the box. Noise absorbing shims combined with its Stealth Advance Technology means that General CT brake pads are quiet and perform without you knowing it’s even there.

Brake Pads’ Parts Numbers:

Ford Focus ST 2013 Front: DB2353 GCT

Ford Focus ST 2013 Rear: DB1763 GCT

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