A Focus by any other name is still a Focus. Right?
We see them every day in shopping-mall parking lots across America. We rent them during trips to Dallas. We see them advertised by dealers for low, low monthly payments. We have friends who drive a Focus. We’ve considered buying a Focus.
But a Focus for almost $100,000? That’s just crazy talk. Or is it the bargain of the century?
The Focus ST-R isn’t just a Focus. This is an honest-to-goodness race car launched by Ford Racing back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder and has a full FIA-certified roll cage, racing brakes and a track-tuned suspension.
This turbocharged car is ready to compete in racing series around the world. Let me tell ya, friends, you can’t build a car capable of that for less than $100K. Yes, it’s still a Focus, but its $98,995 sticker price might be the bargain of the racing world. Deliveries of the Focus ST-R will begin in just a little less than a year.
In other news, fans of the old Audi Allroad have reason to celebrate, as the company has announced its plans to bring the Audi A4 Allroad to the U.S. this summer. The original Allroad, based on the Audi A6, disappeared from these shores in 2005 and has been sorely missed by upscale suburbanites who loved the sure-footedness of the original but are too classy to own a Subaru Outback and don’t want a luxury SUV.
Motivated by a 208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder, the A4 Allroad will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission and start at just under $40K. It should be nothing short of incredible and will be a fitting next chapter in the growing legend of the Allroad.
If you had $100,000 to spend on an American speed demon, would it be the Ford Focus ST-R or something more along the lines of a Corvette ZR1?