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Old 11-29-2018, 10:32 AM
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This, in a nutshell, is why I didn't buy the Focus RS. The seats are shit, the ride is shit, and the interior is just cheap and crappy. It's an excellent performance car to drive on a track but not a daily. It's also why you can find so many used ones with extremely low miles and new ones with massive discounts.

Golf is not much slower if you get the DSG and is a metric fuckton better as a daily. Besides, if you really want the best hot hatch out there today, suck it up and buy the CTR. Just bring a car cover with you so you don't have to look at the outside.
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Yea I'm not quite sure if Ford intended to make the Focus RS for the 3rd gen Focus to be honest. To me it could be like the FK2 CTR - which is an afterthought. To squeeze that kind of track performance, Ford had no choice but to make the suspension very stiff, resulting in a really harsh ride. The same can be said about the FK2-R from what I've read. It's fast as hell on a track, but not really livable.

The FK8 on the other hand has always been part of the plan for the 10th gen Civic. Engineers had everything planned with Type R in mind for it. As a result, not only does it match (or even exceed) the performance of the Focus RS, but it also offers a fine ride that is perfect for a daily driver.

Lol at the seat position too. I sat in one in the auto show and damn it's awkward.
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https://www.carscoops.com/2018/12/sa...oboost-engine/

The Ford Focus ST has been highly praised for combination of performance, handling and value. The company is working on an all-new model and several pictures of the hot hatch recently surfaced on a private forum.


Looking more elegant and aggressive than its predecessor, the 2019 Focus ST features a prominent grille with a honeycomb mesh insert. The model has also been equipped with a unique front bumper that echoes the one offered on the Focus ST-Line.

Despite the similarities, the Focus ST has grey accents and a larger front splitter. The honeycomb mesh pattern is also echoed on the lower air intake, unlike the more affordable Focus ST-Line.

Moving further back, we can see unique side skirts and gloss black door handles. The model has also been equipped with lightweight wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system with red calipers.

The two-tone design continues at the rear as the model has a gloss black spoiler and a painted diffuser. Designers also installed a lightly modified bumper and a dual exhaust system.

Interior changes don’t appear to be drastic, but the model has Recaro sport seats with ST badging on the backrests. Elsewhere, we can see faux carbon fiber trim, metallic accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with white contrast stitching.

Of course, the Focus ST is all about performance and the car is slated to use a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It produces 286 hp (213 kW / 290 PS) and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque in Euro-spec Mustang, but its output in the Focus ST remains unconfirmed.

Regardless of the engine’s specifications, the model will feature an assortment of other performance upgrades. Many of the changes will focus on the suspension which should be lower and stiffer than the one used on the standard model.

Ford has been tight-lipped about the car, but it won’t be debuting at the Geneva Motor Show as the company has already announced plans to skip the event.




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I think it looks great... but i didnt know now Ford has an "ST-line"
So is ST = M and AMG now?
ST line = F Sport and M sport?
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I think so, Euro-spec trims.
They also get the Vignale trim, which I think is a step up from out Titanium trim level.
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https://www.motor1.com/news/297524/f...kup-spy-shots/

Ford reportedly plans to build the Focus-based truck in Mexico and export it to the U.S. and Brazil.


A recent report indicated that Ford was nearly ready to begin evaluating test mules of its upcoming Focus-based pickup. These new spy shots suggest the Blue Oval's engineers are checking out the new truck even more quickly than previously anticipated. Given the extreme amount of camouflage on this vehicle, the company apparently doesn't want to show too much of the little carry-all yet.

There's very little to discern about the truck's design from this test mule because Ford covers the entire exterior with black body cladding. We can't even see the cargo bed because the engineers fit a cap that makes the model look more like a little van than a pickup. Our spies are quite confident that there is a truck beneath all of this concealment, though.

While using the same platform as the new Focus, the pickup reportedly rides on a longer wheelbase and has a distinct style, according to a report from Motor1.com's Brazilian edition. Ford's Focus-based pickup would slot below the Ranger in the automaker's truck offerings. The new model's platform supports an all-wheel-drive layout, but base versions might use front drive. Propulsion would come from 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines.

The name for this new vehicle remains a mystery. North American reports indicate that Ford favors the Courier moniker for this little truck. However, Motor1.com's Brazilian team indicates the vehicle might revive the Ranchero nameplate there. With Broncoand Ranger making returns to the U.S. market, maybe it's time for Ranchero to come back, too.

Ford reportedly intends to build the Focus-based truck in Mexico. It would launch in Brazil in 2021 and possibly begin deliveries in the U.S. about a year later.


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Old 12-14-2018, 11:00 AM
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oh no bby what is you doin?
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oh no bby what is you doin?
They are building a baby Bronco too so my guess is this helps offset the development costs.
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I was thinking too that they are selling a lot of the Transit Connect as commercial vehicles. Perhaps there’s a demand for similar small pickups. I can’t say for sure, of course, but the Transit Connect has a payload of 1500lbs so maybe a small truck would meet a need too.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:39 PM
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This is the US, I figured there was zero demand for smaller trucks but there's definitely lots of demand for bigger ones...
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I can't see this being a hit here in the US. If anyone wants a 'small' truck, they're most likely to go Taco/Colorado/Ridgeline, or soon to be Ranger.
But, who knows.
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https://www.topgear.com/car-news/gen...-torque-type-r

Fiesta ST's big brother offers petrol, diesel, hatch and estate versions

Believe it or not, this is the fourth generation of Ford Focus ST. Rivals with that sort of lineage were inducted into the hot hatchback hall of fame long ago, and yet it’s safe to say the ST’s still a long way from icon status.

There are plausible reasons why; every generation has had a burlier RS brother muscling its way into the limelight, beside which the ST can only ever feel tame. Especially when it’s been offered in both estate and diesel versions. The glamour fades when your performance car can also play the role of a minicab.

The smaller Fiesta ST is a real star, though, and perhaps in the hope some of its magic might rub off on its bigger brother, Ford has seemingly used the same grille and paint tins on the latest Focus ST. It’s still got a pretty malleable spec, mind; you’ve a choice of five-door hatch or estate, petrol or diesel and manual or automatic. Serious drivers need only apply for the petrol, though.

For starters, its 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo produces 276bhp and 310lb ft, and while the former isn’t class leading, effectively matching the Renault Megane RS and Hyundai i30N, the latter beats the current class champion, the Honda Civic Type R. Ford reckons on 0-62mph in sub-6.0secs.

Only the petrol comes with turbo lag-busting tech from the Ford GT and a new electronic limited-slip differential on the driven front axle, too. Ford claims the latter is quicker-reacting and more accurate than the mechanical set-ups we like so much in the ST’s hardcore rivals. The diesel (a 187bhp/295lb ft 2.0-litre, for what it’s worth) gets a brake-based torque vectoring system in its place, and can’t be mated to the seven-speed auto.

The ST also offers an optional Performance Pack, which brings rev-matching to the six-speed manual gearbox, launch control and a clever suspension system (called Continuously Controlled Damping) which monitors various parameters every two milliseconds and tells the dampers to soak things up accordingly.

Suspension changes otherwise sound relatively minor, but the standard Focus is pretty damn good to drive, so it’s not worth worrying. The ST sits 10mm lower and is marginally stiffer, while its steering is 15 per cent quicker. The estate has a different set up to account for the heavier loads it’ll carry.

The Performance Pack also adds a Track mode, possessing looser stability control settings, to the car’s drive mode roster. It’s the first time those have appeared in the Focus ST, and they look simple to cycle through thanks to steering wheel-mounted buttons. Which goes some way to chip away at our concerns about the Sport and Track modes’ electronic noise enhancement tech. Could be good, could be dodgy; these systems can go either way.

While we’re talking exhaust noise, the pipes have moved to the outer edges of the rear diffuser to right a wrong of the old ST, whose central exhaust pipe denied it towing capability. Rest assured you can hitch a caravan to this one. Other cloyingly sensible abilities include adaptive cruise control, fully automated parking and the fact the ST can act as a wifi hotspot for up to ten devices. Perhaps most importantly of all, though, yes, you can still have it in orange. Perhaps there’s some glamour here after all.







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Damn shame we can't get that here.
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Do they have a DCT option in Europe? Saw mention of an auto, but no detail.
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Oh wow, the 2.3L. The rear flows pretty well but I'm not so sure about the front.
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Oh wow, the 2.3L. The rear flows pretty well but I'm not so sure about the front.
So fucking bummed this isn’t coming here.
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Better looking that the Mazda 3 hatch.
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https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/04/...up-spy-photos/

Rumblings of a Ford pickup to slot underneath the Ranger are out, and here's more physical evidence of the truck's existence. Previous spy shotsmade us believe that this Ford (maybe Courier?) was based on the new Focus platform. These underpinnings are modular, and would theoretically be adaptable to a small, unibody truck.

The news out of these photos is a clear look at the independent rear suspension this truck appears to be sporting, affirming its humble car roots. We spotted a dual exhaust setup out back, a relatively aggressive setup for what will most likely be a little turbo four banger. This truck is wearing what appears to be the same camouflage outfit as the previous truck we saw, but it's tougher to see through. Instead of trying to look through it, we have a better view of the truck's profile with quality front three quarter photos. An upright face is apparent in these shots, with a horizontal-bar grille looking like the prominent design language. We wouldn't be surprised to see various trims get an assortment of faces, though.

We're still seeing the same body line running down the whole side of the truck like before, presumably tracing the outline of bedsides. Ford is careful not to give anything else about the shape away beyond this. There are a ton of elements in this camo that try to suggest it's a van and not a truck. However, our spy shooter who saw the test vehicle in person is convinced it's a pickup. There have been reports of this truck being on the way, and a Ford exec also said something akin to this is coming. As we connect the dots, everything seems to be pointing toward this little truck being the real deal.


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Looks more like an Escape or Transit Connect than a Focus.
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