Originally Posted by bringler26
The six speed in the SVT is at about the same rpm on the highway as the 5 speed due to being geared for the track.
It's higher, at least compared to the early Zetec/MTX-75 Foci. The SVT could really use a 7th gear if you ask me. But, even thought the RPMs buzz around 3100 at 70mph in 6th, there's just enough torque to not have to downshift to pass on interstate roads. You definitely need to downshift to pass at 55 mph though. Preferably to third.
OP, you'll just have to drive all kinds of Foci and see which you like best!
Mine: 2006 Mazda3 s GT Hatch: 115k, Gray, Manual
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 55k, SGM, Manual