Reimagining what a Ford is
We know we’ve sworn off new cars for good, but if we had to, we’d be foolish not to give the Ford Fiesta ST or the GTI-vanquishing Ford Focus ST a hard look if we were shopping in one of these segments. The Fiesta in particular, with a healthy 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque to move around all of ~2600 lbs (nice), sounds especially enticing. Power-to-weight ratio, anyone?
With these offerings, along with its cornerstone Mustang franchise (which has probably never been better as a driver’s car than it is now), we have to wonder:
- Is any auto manufacturer currently doing fun-to-drive, sporty-yet-practical (or even just plain sporty) cars better than Ford is doing right now?
- Since when did Ford become Mazda?
- Are the days of coveting unobtainable European-spec Fords finally behind us?
In any case, what a sea change from the turds we knew and loathed from the ‘Have you driven a Ford lately?’ era— the ones that are firmly (and irrevocably— or so we thought) rooted into our consciousness, despite the best straight-faced efforts of Sir Jackie Stewart:
One more look at the (Euro) Focus ST:
We honestly never thought we’d ever see such a day— shocking doesn’t even begin to describe it. Bravo, Ford— please stand up and take a bow. You deserve it.