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Old 11-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by mac.mogul View Post
I'm impressed no matter what, but 2700lb for a subcompact FWD car is too much. I'd be more impressed if they could keep it under 2500lb but that would likely require removing all of the creature comforts like sound deadening and electronics.

(I mean, my Focus weighs about 2700lb so a Fiesta should definitely weigh less.)
Agreed. It's an unfortunate result of increasing safety regulations and an emphasis on NHV standards. I'm kind of surprised at how much more it weighs than the standard Fiesta though.

AWD is so much more than just for bad weather and drag launches and anybody who has seriously drove one will tell you that.
I guess my comment was more focused towards explaining why the Fiesta in particular shouldn't be FWD. Too heavy, expensive, and mpg-costly. Fiesta is meant to be a baby Focus ST, a comfortable, inexpensive, and quick DD car. AWD doesn't fit for the Fiesta. AWD certainly has its applications performance-wise, but higher power levels are needed to fully utilize its advantages over FWD.
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