Aptly describing the compact sports hatch as "tire-scorching," plainly "fast, fun and comfortable," and "an impressive piece of work," it didn't take the auto research and market-value experts to call the 2017 Focus ST "Ford’s VW GTI-killer." The lineup of new Ford hot hatches here in Baltimore surely gives us a sense of where the accolades came from.

As a speedster, the new 2017 Focus ST peels out with the power of 252 proverbial horses under the hood thanks to an EcoBoost® shelling out a segment-competitive 270 pound-feet of torque. The ride's a smooth breeze thanks to the oversteer- and understeer-compensatory abilities of the automaker's proprietary AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control. But the road devil's in the details, and by such options that the Focus ST defines itself.

Sinister black-painted pockets contrast available 18-inch machined aluminum wheels to turn heads, giving way to the leer of LED signature lighting atop a growling bright-tipped center-exit exhaust. Inside, you'll surely find standard cloth sport seats up to the task of comfort during your adrenalized thrill-ride, flanked by sport gauges to indulge your inner Formula 1 racer, informing you of turbo boost, oil pressure, and oil temperature metrics.

But go for a Ford Focus ST sporting an available heated steering wheel and heated RECARO full leather-trimmed front seats, and your drive-time goes to the next luxury level, especially on days lambasted by that cold wind off the Bay. Likewise, the sport hatch offers standard stylizations like door-sill scuff plates and aluminum pedals, but Ford likewise makes available a Carbon-Fiber Interior Accent Package to bedeck your ST interior with the height of premium sophistication.

You can even stay in touch and entertained on the go thanks options in the touchscreen-equipped SYNC® 3 infotainment system department. Enhanced voice recognition offers ease of use, excellent for optional navigation when you're not otherwise taking advantage of convenient pinch-to-zoom capability and seamless destination data entry. FordPass app capability brings it all together -- reserving parking in select areas, getting fuel price info, and more has never been easier.

See for yourself here at Koons Ford of Baltimore. Our 6970 Security Blvd. Ford showroom's packed with options to put the spirit back in your drive. Stop by and pay us a visit!