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Old 09-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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and I won't be getting one...

I might trade up...but doubtful.

http://jalopnik.com/5839384/ford-foc...l-cars-be-sexy

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For a nation built on speed, America lacks a U.S.A.-made small sports car that could bring the sexy back to its Corolla-stuffed freeways. Next year, Ford wants to bring sexy back with this: the production version of the 2012 Ford Focus ST. Unveiling in Frankfurt about now, the Focus ST will be a true global sports car offering hot wheelers from Tbilisi to Texarkana the same combination of turbo motor and stiffer suspensions. The EcoBoost 2-liter four-cylinder in the ST has been cranked to 247 hp and 265 ft-lbs. of torque, beating the Euro-only previous-generation ST in both power and fuel economy. Paired with a six-speed manual shunting power to the front wheels, the Focus ST will also come with the now-standard raft of Ford tech, such as torque steering control, torque vectoring control and cornering under steer control. Inside, it's Recaro seats and a special rear bench for those unlucky souls caught in a sports hatchback.

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To enhance its street sexiness a little further, Ford will also build a track-ready Focus ST-R, prepped from the factory to run in a variety of series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series Ford didn't release prices, but on paper alone the ST looks ready to pay off the promise of sexiness that the Focus SVT once held, until it was...wait, what's this?
For Europe, and Europe only, Ford will build a Focus ST Wagon. All the same stuff and control acronyms, just with that slightly bigger, more useable butt. Because only Europeans like wagons, says Ford.
Just when we were going to forgive them for not bringing the previous ST over all these years.

I see a lady everyday on the way to work with a Focus Titanium. Very nice looking car. WANT ST!
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:30 PM   #2
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FWD = no want.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:30 PM   #3
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FWD no thank.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:32 PM   #5
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I just can't warm up to the front end treatment of this car, and I've really tried. Other than that, I love it.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:32 PM   #6
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rather have a FT-86
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:32 PM   #7
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No AWD, no care.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:33 PM   #8
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i want a jeep grand cherokee
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #9
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I like it - might get one. I will not be getting those Recaros.

The main thing AWD does for me is use up gasoline.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:49 PM   #10
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No RWD, no care.

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Old 09-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #11
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I thought OT loved Mazdaspeeds? Those are FWD why do you love those and not this?
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #12
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That's as bad as saying you want a Chrysler 200.


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Old 09-26-2011, 01:52 PM   #13
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I thought OT loved Mazdaspeeds? Those are FWD why do you love those and not this?
its none of your damn business
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:00 PM   #14
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Why did Ford scrimp on Revoknuckle and now owners will be buying more front brake pads [torque vectoring hooplah]? Sheeesh!
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:01 PM   #15
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Dang, I like the wagon.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:02 PM   #16
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Isn't this thread old news anyhoo? I'd heard this all (and seen these same old pics) before.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:03 PM   #17
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I would drive the piss out of that.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:04 PM   #18
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2-liter four-cylinder in the ST has been cranked to 247 hp and 265 ft-lbs.
Why doesn't my car have this
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:05 PM   #19
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want. ms3 or this? tough choice.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:06 PM   #20
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Why did Ford scrimp on Revoknuckle and now owners will be buying more front brake pads [torque vectoring hooplah]? Sheeesh!
ST has never had "Revoknuckle". This makes less power and torque than the Mazdaspeed... which doesn't need a "Revoknuckle" to put the power down.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:13 PM   #21
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too bad 'Mericuh don't wagon
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:14 PM   #22
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ST has never had "Revoknuckle". This makes less power and torque than the Mazdaspeed... which doesn't need a "Revoknuckle" to put the power down.
ST makes a little less power and torque than the MS3, but doesn't the MS3 not unleash full power until you are like in third or fourth gear? I'll bet there is a reason for that feature!
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:27 PM   #23
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The Focus RS is torque limited in 1st & 2nd gear too. It's a simple fact of life for a FWD car... they can't put massive amounts of power down.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:31 PM   #24
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very nice, i'm curious to know what MSRP will be.

Titanium starts at $22.7, base ST MSRP under $25? good deal for what should be a fun, practical daily driver.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:50 PM   #25
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i have a hope it will beat the ms3 around a track. at least it looks 20x better.

in fantasy land, this will hopefully lead to the end of vw (and their useless excuses for a motor vehicle).




CN: still needs moar fifth cylinder

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