I spotted one on the freeway yesterday in that yellow mustard color and it had very strong presence; I have to say that I am impressed with it so far.
ST1 and ST2 come with pretty standard halogen headlamps. ST3 gets bi-xenon HIDs with LED brow lamps and cornering lamps. OEM HIDs are like $1500-$1700 each, so the ST3 package is pretty nicely equipped for the coin.
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Or wait for the next RS with 2.3L Turbo 350hp
Rumors coming out of England indicate that the next generation of Ford's performance-oriented Focus RS will pack as much as 350 horsepower, marking a noticeable increase of about 50 ponies over the last-gen model.
Power will reportedly come from the 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder mill that Ford is currently developing to use in the next-gen Mustang. To help eliminate torque steer, the car will likely be equipped with an electronically-controlled active differential, a unit that is similar in concept to the one that will equip the upcoming seventh-gen Volkswagen GTI.
Len Urwin, the head of Ford's Team RS, told PistonHeads in an interview that fitting the car with an all-wheel drive system is under consideration but it would have to be developed from the ground up because the only all-wheel drive systems that Ford currently has access to are front-biased.
"[The Haldex-designed all-wheel drive system] is inherently an understeering system," said Urwin. "We would need to do something we could make fun to drive."
Furthermore, all-wheel drive would add unwanted pounds to the car's weight and unwanted dollars to its base price.
The Focus RS is expected to make its public debut as a limited-edition model in a year or two. Available only as a five-door hatchback, it will boast a wider track and a rally-inspired body kit.
While Ford has not confirmed this, rumors indicate that the next-gen Focus RS will be available in the United States for the first time in the model's illustrious history.
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That NFS video is the best ST commercial to date, and I'm saying that even though I'm actually in the Key West ST commercial. Only a video game could pull that off and not catch hell in the big corporate auto industry.
I checked it out and all they had was an ST2 package, I'm going to wait for an ST3 to come in before I test drive the beast. It looks much bigger than my Golf, esp the trunk space.
It's a nice ride nonetheless.
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Headlights are commodity items. There isn't someone sitting in a basement at Ford reinventing the wheel designing an inferior headlamp. The projector optics and HID capsules are beyond any doubt just standard supplier items, identical to those found on other cars.
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I'm waiting for the new GTI to directly compare the two. Obviously the ST > MKVI GTI, but the MKVII? We shall see!
If I was in a position right now... I would buy a ST over the GTI.
Also I am glad no one attacked me, but to further clarify I AM NOT a VW fanboi. I have owned just as many Fords as VWs, and I am a moderator on a Mustang site.
Thinking the MKVII will not be a strong competitor is nuts. Why wouldn't it be? Right now they are promising the MKVII will have less weight (MKVI is already lighter), more power, and a mechanical diff over the MKVI.
If we take a look at Motor Trend's test the ST beat the MKVI in performance, which is a no brainer. The ST smokes the GTI, but we cannot rule out the MKVII. New chassis and new engine.
I seriously think the MKVII will be a direct competitor to the ST. My .02 is it will be a bit down in power vs. the ST, but it will be much lighter, thus evening it out.
I hate this argument that I am about to take, but... lets say you mod a ST to 300 hp and the MKVII to 300hp, which one will be faster? Honestly the MKVII. Mechanical diff, check. Less weight, check. Same power, check.
I hate the mod to mod argument, but if I were comparing the two I would look at the aftermarket selection, because I know for a fact the car will not remain stock for more than a week, that is just my nature.
I bought my TDI wagon knowing it was boring, within a few weeks I had a full track worthy setup on it, including 300 lbs tq.