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2008 Ford Focus - Review


The Focus ST is the long awaited successor to Ford’s cheap performance car mantle, and given the success of its predecessors, has a lot to live up to. The Lotus Cortina’s of the sixties and the Cosworth enhanced Escorts from the seventies and nineties are unforgettable, not to mention the turbo all-wheel drive Laser TX3s from the crazy 80’s. The Focus ST is essentially Ford’s formula for cheap thrills in a compact sporty package that still manages to remain surprisingly practical.

Seeing the bright orange paintwork for the first time and hearing the low rumble from the motor told me that the ensuing week with the Ford Focus ST would entail some exciting moments. The fun begins right from the start. Turning the ignition key sees the engine wind up quickly to 2000rpm before settling back to idle, reminding you that there’s something special under the hood. The standout feature of the Focus ST is its mechanical raw sound, which comes from the combination of...
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