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    Quote Originally Posted by lytlec View Post
    That's very subtle compared to most of the cars around my area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    That's very subtle compared to most of the cars around my area.
    I think I just noticed something. It appears to have "stick on" vents on the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedsterX View Post
    I think I just noticed something. It appears to have "stick on" vents on the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedsterX View Post
    Lytlec you just made my day. lmao.
    There is a civic driving around my town that has a sti spoiler on it. Funny S***!
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    I didn't read through every page of this thread, so apologies if this has been mentioned before.

    Hot hatches have been popular in Britain (where I'm originally from) for decades. Ford was offering a Focus RS with 300hp over there 3 years ago:

    New Focus RS 2009 on 5th Gear!! - YouTube


    And the next one might get 330hp:

    New Ford Focus RS might get 330BHP


    And, of course, there was the 4WD Ford Escort Cosworth from 1993:

    Jeremy Clarkson & Vicki Butler Henderson Ford Escort Cosworth vs Subaru Impreza - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedsterX View Post
    I think I just noticed something. It appears to have "stick on" vents on the door.
    And hubcaps......

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    Test drove a Focus ST yesterday. It was fully-optioned with all leather, the Recaros, Sync w/Nav, heated seats, HIDs, blah, blah, blah. All the goodies brought the MSRP up to $30k flat, which is an awfully lot to ask for a Ford Focus... So is it worth it? Let's find out:



    The Recaros are fantastic. They hold you like a vice. I didn't play around with the controls that much, but my 6'1" 200lb frame seemed to be the largest the Recaros could comfortably hold. Any wider, and I think my legs would have felt pinched. They were all black leather in this car, and heated.

    Driving position is very good. The leather steering wheel is tight, and has good contours and grips in all the right places. The six-speed knob is right where it should be reach-wise, and is pleasantly notchy. It felt very similar to the legendary Miata gearbox feel, and that's a great thing.

    Pedal feel is a bit lacking. The clutch is much lighter than my WRX, but that's really not all that surprising. The gas pedal is recessed back farther than the brake, which would probably help with heel-toe, but my test drive was all fairly low speed, so in town, the arrangement was a little weird feeling.

    Power-wise, it's a great engine. Peak torque is at 2500rpm, so it pulls hard and strong at any speed. The engine noise is pumped into the cabin via a resonator, so when puttering around, you don't hear much, but put your foot down, and it belches out a very pleasant growl. The thing is, though, the fake engine noise sounds... fake. It's not a bad sound at all, but I think it's one of those things were you'd have to try it for yourself and make up your mind about it. You either like it or you don't.

    This brings me to the car's biggest disappointment: the traction control. I have to preface this part by stating the car is equipped from the factory with Goodyear Eagle F1 summer tires, and that I was driving it on damp roads in 35 degree weather, so well out of the optimal operating conditions of the tires. That said, on a mild roll out into a highway, the traction control kicked in hard-core. I could feel the tires fighting for grip, and I had only barely tapped the gas in first gear. I did read there are three TC modes for the ST, with one being fully off, so at least there's that, and I would also state that winter tires are absolutely mandatory, even if you don't expect to see snow.

    Once the tires do find grip, handling is crisp and controlled. The car weighs almost exactly the same as my bugeye, with nearly the same weight distribution, and comes from the factory with 25/22 swaybars. It was comfortable enough around rough city streets, but felt planted on a windy ocean road just outside of town.

    Options-wise, the Focus easily outclassed the WRX. The car had HID lights, full leather with lots of soft-touch surfaces, dual climate controls, heated seats, a moonroof, SYNC w/nav, a factory 8" subwoofer w/amp, and what looked like a full-size spare tire (a rarity in modern cars). I didn't try out the Sync stuff, but it seemed easy enough to use, and the graphical display was crisp and efficient.

    I did sit in the backseat, and I was perfectly comfortable. There wasn't a lot of extra room, but I didn't feel cramped. I'd probably want to stretch for a bit after a two hour drive back there, but I wouldn't feel bad driving coworkers to lunch or anything like that.

    Trunk space on its own seemed a bit small, but it's a hatchback, and the rear seats fold flat, so the cargo space is easily expanded if necessary.

    Aesthetics-wise, the car looks even better in person. It really does look like an Aston Martin hatchback. The center-exit exhaust is shaped like a Lamborghini's, and even little things like the fuel door cleverly integrated with the rear light seams, or the small extra bead on the tires to prevent curb rash give off the impression that Ford's engineers really sweated the details on this car, and that's a great feeling.

    Now for the price. $30k is approaching STI money for what most consider to a be a cheap low-end econobox. That said, if you knocked off some of the more frivolous options like the Sync stuff (I don't really need nav), the flaming yellow "arrest me" paintjob ($495), and some of the other pricier bells and whistles, the price drops fairly quickly. The base price is about $24k, but I'd consider the Recaros a mandatory upgrade, so say around $25k for a well-equipped model, and it compares quite favorably to other cars in its class, especially the GTI and MS3.

    Ford really did a great job on the ST. Do I wish it had an AWD option? Absolutely, but the fact that I was this excited about a Ford Focus at all is somewhat remarkable, and kudos to Ford for that. Sitting in the tricked out model, you'd wouldn't guess for a moment you were driving a humble standby of the rental fleet. It looks and feels every bit the world class car Ford is touting it as. I'd like to give the car a second chance drive on a warm dry summer day with the moonroof open and when the tires aren't so far out of their element. Then, I think this gem would really shine.

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    Rambo, nice fair write up mate , the car is a winner i own one
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    Nice write up Isaac! I may have to give one a test drive myself in the near future considering a local Ford dealer has a few in stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwfox View Post
    The main question is: Would you trade your Bugeye for one?
    Quite possibly, but like I said, I'd have to try it again on a warmer dry day when the summer tires don't suck quite so much.

    I will say that between the Focus, GTI, and MS3 (the two rivals Ford specifically calls out in the brochure), I'd pick the Focus hands down. I haven't driven the 3G WRX or STI yet, so I'll have to hold judgement for those.

    Actually, I'm trying to work the finances so I'll keep the bugeye when I get the next car. If I was keeping the bugeye, I probably would get the Focus over a new WRX. If I have to sell the bugeye, I'm not so sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    I will say that between the Focus, GTI, and MS3 (the two rivals Ford specifically calls out in the brochure), I'd pick the Focus hands down. I haven't driven the 3G WRX or STI yet, so I'll have to hold judgement for those.
    100% agree with this.

    I also agree with you about the TCS, it is a very odd system. I drove one in the dry and it still tried to take over more than I would have liked.
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