I am hoping for the RS as well..Yeah, I've talked about this with a few folks, and I agree the ST doesn't have much to worry about... for now. But VW knows the game is on... the MkVII GI is due next year and is getting 260hp, which makes you wonder what the Golf R might get? Will it fuel the fire for the Focus RS? That's what I hope. Or if VW lets the R die, will that just encourage Ford to let them Focus RS continue to hibernate and let the focus on Fiesta ST and RS development?
They're not going to kill off the Focus RS nameplate after all of the positive press the previous iteration got in Europe. I guarantee you'll see a Fiesta ST and a Focus RS... I highly doubt you'll see a Fiesta RS simply because there's really nothing for it to compete against, implying there's little market for a car like that.i thought ford was talkign about no focus rs but rather a fesita rs since the festia is more on par with the rally scene??
Agreed.If the next gen GTI comes in around the same price as the current model, then we'll have some excellent competition in the market place. As a consumer and enthusiast, I'm a fan of market place competition driving manufacturers to give us more for less. As I mentioned elsewhere, I got some second hand information about Ford's development of the 2.3L Ecoboost 4 cyl and an Ecoboost 5 cyl. If Ford wants to step up the ante on the ST, we'll see the 2.3 in the ST to again have the edge on the GTI, especially if the RS gets the 5 cyl to compete with the Golf R. We, the consumer, win either way.
If steering feel is your thing, then you're going to be massively disappointed with the Focus ST. The GTI, much like the ST, has electric steering, which is significantly more numb than hydraulic steering (used in cars like the e90 BMW 3 series, which is lauded for it's steering feel). In fact, the reviews so far have mentioned how the ST lacks steering feel...Im not a fan of VW however, a $300-$600 reprogram to the MKVI GTI ECU increases HP to 254hp and 303lbs/ft Torque.
My issue is that the GTI is too refined for me. I used to have a couple Audi but I like my fast cars to not be silent in the cabin. That's for old people. I want to hear a car growl and burble and to have more road feel transmitted through the steering wheel and a legit sport suspension making for a stiffer ride and better cornering.
The GTI steering wheel feel numb. It doesn't tell you what your tires around doing. Also, you can't turn off stability control and traction. Meaning every sharp turn you take in the GTI means the car pumps the brakes and you go through brakepads like crazy.