Compact hatchbacks are a dying breed. Taste change and the funky crossroad of sporty, functional, and affordable has had to grow to accommodate the influx of larger crossovers and SUVs. It’s one reason why the US isn’t enjoying the fourth-generation Ford Focus right now or the sportier Focus ST. That hasn’t stopped the imagination of one artist who turned the new Focus ST into a modern-day Escort RS Cosworth tribute.
Taking the five-door Focus down to three doors required slightly shortening the wheelbase. That’s paired with a subtle extension of the rear bumper, necessary to fit the reworked rear-end design. The rear hatch is completely redesigned to fit the iconic Cosworth’s whale-tail spoiler and notched design, which features a new taillight design and dual exhaust. At the front, there are new headlights and a more rectangular-looking front end that feels distinctly like the 90s.
Gallery: Ford Focus ST Renderings
But the front and rear views provide even better looks at the unique styling choices. The square taillights feel pulled right from the original Cosworth, though the aggressive rear bumper from the Focus ST that houses the large dual exhaust tailpipes still perfectly fits. It’s similar at the front where remnants of the Focus ST blends with the Cosworth-inspired elements, like the small grille and hood scoops paired with the modern-day front bumper.
The likelihood of Ford venturing back into small, powerful, three-door hatchbacks anytime soon is a pipe dream. Today’s cars are getting larger, supplanting hatchbacks and sedans for high-riding versions. It’s a dark time for small cars, though there are automakers that haven’t given up yet. Ford may be shifting away from offering small automobiles, but you can get an Toyota GR Yaris Breaks Cover With 257 Horsepower, All-Wheel Drive. It’s just not available in the US, like other small, sporty offerings from other automakers we can’t get here.