Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fast Fords Are Still Flying out of Showrooms

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fast Fords Are Still Flying out of Showrooms

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THERE really is something about fast Fords which has stood the test of time. If you can think back to Escort Mexicos and the RS 2000 - plus legends like the Sierra Cosworth - it will probably make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

Leary looks and in-your-face paint jobs were often the order of the day - a few decades ago a much younger yours truly was the very proud owner of a Mk 2, 1980 Capri 2-litre S which was so orange it made a satsuma look dull, boasted huge dotted-line S decals down the sides and had a tartan interior that would have done Jackie Stewart proud.

Yes, I thought it was the dog's doodahs and drove it accordingly.

Fast Ford forward to 2015 and that winning formula is still very evident in this week's test car, a Focus ST which was in a colour that Ford themselves call Tangerine Scream!

Unveiled at last year's Paris motor show and launched in the UK earlier this year, the latest incarnations have either a 1.6, 180bhp or 2.0-litre, 247bhp ecoboost turbo petrol engine or, for the first time, there is also a 2.0 diesel version for the more economy conscious - which still has a very respectable 185bhp on tap and can do 0 to 62 in 8.1 seconds.

Seen by many as the more sensible sibling to the fire-breathing RS variants, the ST still has real performance credentials, particularly if fitted with the 2.0 petrol engine as in our test car.

It can hit an impressive and highly-illegal 154mph and sprint from 0 to 62 in just 6.5 seconds, while figures for the 1.6 are a very respectable 0 to 62 in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 139mph.

As I said the diesel wins on economy with 56.5 urban and over 74 extra-urban, while the petrol versions return 36 and 59 (1.6) and 32 and 49 (2.0). And if you are being really sensible there is even an estate version.

But, as with all fast Fords, it is as much about show as go and here our test car scores highly. …

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