Strange over here (Germany) and possibly the rest of Europe,
there is a Focus ST with 2.5l 5 cylinder engine, 225 Hp (iirc)
but you don't get it as wagon! The new S-Max can be ordered with
this engine. Nice, but it's a far to large car for my taste.
Anyway as fuel prices go up it might not be that bad and my 2l
wagon runs well enough, it easily blasts the speedo. In any case
the 2.5l engine would guzzle far more fuel.
Iirc official Vmax (Focus ST 2.5l) is about 153|246 mi/h|km/h,
might be even a little more in reality. Lately got with A/C
running 136|215 mi/h|km/h (lowlands) out of my 2l wagon according
to GPS, while registration says "only" 125|201 mi/h|km/h.
I am pretty lucky with handling especially after mounting a
complete suspension kit (http://www.sachsracing.com /), before
road holding was a bit soft for my taste. YMMV
225HP here in the states would be awesome, but I don't think Ford
will ever do it. I do think that the success of the tuner sedans in
the world market is why the 2.3L isn't available in the 3 or 5 door
hatch now. If you want to feel better about the lack of engine, get
the new ground effects package they have now on the 2006 and '07
models. A HUGE improvement in appearance and no one identifies my
car immediately as a Focus. I love my car (photos upon request).
Still, I drive 50 miles each way to work and as Simon eluded to, gas
prices are getting really out of hand... It's a trade off.
I just bought an '06 ZX3 and love it. It doesn't have the street appearance
package that you're referring to, but there was a four door in the showroom
that did and it looked awesome. I think the black color helps it out.
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