2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Time Is The Quickest ST Yet

It’s Also The Biggest, By Far

The Ford ‘ST’ brand has been around since the early 2000s, first appearing on lukewarm versions of the Euro-spec Ford Focus, before arriving stateside on the previous-generation Ford Focus and Fiesta. While the Focus ST and Fiesta ST were lauded by the American automotive press and enthusiasts alike for their spritely handling and torquey turbocharged engines. But with Ford axing the Focus and Fiesta in North America, the only ST models we have are crossover SUVs; the midsize Ford Edge ST and the three-row 2020 Ford Explorer ST.

It’s not all bad news, though. While the Edge ST and Explorer ST don’t really follow the ST ethos, Ford’s new found focus on crossovers and SUVs have left us with two of the quickest ST vehicles of all time. In fact, we can confirm the Explorer ST is the quickest ST-badged product ever made, with a 0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the late-model Ford Focus ST could sprint from 0-60 mph in around 6.3 seconds in the hands of the right driver.

For when *everybody* is late.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST achieves this thanks to a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is rated at 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, and sends that power to all four wheels, via a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. The top speed of this 143 mph. Fantastic for something that weighs in at a burly 4,701 lbs.

That curb weight is 800 lbs lighter than the Dodge Durango SRT, which can be considered one of its few rivals. Yet the 475 hp, 470 lb-ft, 392 Hemi V8-powered Durango SRT does send it to 60 in a just 4.6 seconds. But that .9 second difference costs an additional $9,000 over the Ford.

The two vehicles are the only two vehicles that aren’t boring in its segment, which is otherwise made up of ho-hum fwd-based people movers that could only dream about having a performance variant.

Does this soothe the sting of Ford excluding the North American market from the lithe Fiesta ST and Focus ST being sold in Europe? Not really. But at least Ford is bringing some energy into segments that are otherwise mundane. For this, we are thankful.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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