Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

BE­ING AN all-wheel drive fan (you mean there are cars out there that only drive the front wheels!?) and a Fordie from way­back I re­ally love the idea of the Fo­cus RS. But $50K-plus is a bit steep for me. As for the man­ual, for­get it. I drove enough of ’em in my younger days.

So how about a slightly softer ‘S’ ver­sion? For­get about wings and drift modes, keep the all-wheel drive, give it say 230kW, an auto or dual clutch and maybe a smaller sec­tion tyre. Price it around $38K-$40K and I reckon they wouldn’t be able to build enough of them. What about it, Ford?

Darin, via Face­book We are pick­ing up what you’re putting down, Darin. A sort of, Golf GTI Per­for­mance equiv­a­lent? Use the wheels, en­gine, and seats from the Fo­cus ST, ditch the adap­tive dampers, keep all­wheel drive, and de­velop the Mon­deo’s au­to­matic. Don’t be sur­prised if you see this one in Sweet Dream soon. It would be a good way for Ford to soothe the pain af­ter can­celling the manic RS500.

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