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Checked out an RS today in person.

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A friend of mine let me know there was an RS in Dearborn, so I swung by to check it out. It was pretty cool seeing it. I got to check it out, sit in it, but not drive it.

I have mixed feelings. I mean, it was cool, it's a nice looking car. I'd buy one in a second if it was sold in N/A and I needed a new car. It would easily dominate the market. The performance of an SRT-4, in the best looking body available.

But I guess I was a bit let down. It wasn't *as* cool as it's hyped up to be. Visually, it wasn't that agressive. You don't notice the fender flares or wheels as much as you'd think. The interior is just your basic Focus interior, with a funky center console.

The seats looked great, but were actually less supportive than ZX3 seats. The bolsters were too wide for me. I wouldn't take those seats if you gave them to me.

But mainly the outside... I parked my car right beside it, and it didn't have as much of a visual impact as you'd think. Front the front the flares really didn't stand out so much. From the rear they did, it looked like it has a nice low fat ass. But coming at you... not really. And then when you consider the suspension compromises that were made for that mild visual improvement, not really worth it.

It's a shame Ford isn't smart enough to bring the car over. They could sell them at $22k, and sell every one. But I just don't "worship" the car as much as I used to. There are plenty of people in America who have Foci that are just as cool.
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after reading the latest 'performance ford' mag from the uk, it was setting lower track times then an escort cossie, and it almost beat a fully race prepped sierra cosworth, to say that a svt or a slightly modded zx3 could beat it in an autocross event or around the track is not accurate, I have not read one negative article from europe that did not praise the car, in 'CAR' they put it up against the new golf R32 and the new alfa 147 hatch and they said that it had more lateral grip and felt faster through the turns than either of the other two, to put it in their terms, and I qoute "the focus is mad crazy bonkers" enough said
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