Cars Coming Soon: Audi A4 Allroad and a $100,000 Ford Focus

Ford Focus ST-R

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.

2012 Audi A4 Allroad quattro

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?


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  1. I’d like a few more details on the Focus before I could make that decision. If you could afford this car you could probably afford both cars so I would buy both, lol.

  2. There are still lots of A4’s running around here, the owners don’t want to give them up. It’s perhaps one of the best of the Audi’s, with a great balance of performance, handling, comfort and price.

    I’m with Jim, I learned in RWD cars. When I took a refresher a few years ago, it was in FWD cars which were fine except I couldn’t do any of my RWD tricks to help line up the car with the next curve in a tight reversing combination. Always worked great in vettes and M3s, but alas, no so in a FWD car. But 100K is a great price for such a a car. I’ve built quite a few development cars that you could consider quasi-race cars (upgraded brakes/suspension, cages, tires) and the cost can get huge very quickly.

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