Originally Posted by turbovation
hey if you like it thats all that matters. Doesn't mean it's gonna be faster than a mazda 3 5speed.
Well, looking at this :
They tested a Mazda 3 160hp 2.3L 5Spd Hatch.
Times were 0-60 in 7.7, quarter in 16.1, which compares to 8.1 / 16.5 in the Focus SE 2.0 5spd Sedan.
I think that manual Focus S should lose slightly to a manual Mazda3 2.3L, but win slightly against a Mazda3 2.0 (same power, lighter weight). Or toss a 2.3L Mazda3 Auto against the Focus 5spd :) ATX = lose, for the most part.
MazdaSpeed3 of course owns any US Focus short of serious F/I modding, but that's another story :)
Anyhow, will update on the Mazda3 race, it's tentatively set for Saturday early morning hours.