Although the new 2012 Ford Focus won't be in dealerships until early next year, the automaker has confirmed that it will offer dedicated suspension upgrades for both the SE and Titanium trim lines. Functionally, the SE Sport package includes a fully retuned suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels and a sedan-only rear spoiler as well as adding a manual-style SelectShift feature on models fitted with the optional Powershift dual-clutch automated manual transmission. It also brings a host of cosmetic tweaks including a piano black grille insert, metallic interior trim accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel while offering a 17-inch alloy wheel upgrade.

The 2012 Ford Focus Titanium model already includes stiffer spring and shock fitments. However, buyers of both the sedan and hatchback variants can opt to step things up a notch with the Titanium Handling Package that adds "optimized" suspension components, unique 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile summer performance tires and a trunk-mounted full-size spare tire.

Mark Rushbrook, vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus, said the decision to create these enhancements for the automaker's new compact was the direct result of feedback from enthusiast customers. "They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We've done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models."

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