ST is competitor to Mazdaspeed3, VW Golf GTI and others in that class BUT KEEP IN MIND:
Mazda comes with old C1 platform and old 2.3 engine
Golf VI GTI is same as Golf V GTI with only 10 hp more!
Focus ST has NEW platform and NEW 2.0 EB engine!
So I think focus will be the best and will cost little more than these two.
I think around 26-27k.
And the RS, I think ford could upgrade the new platform for 4WD and tune 2.0EB on 300 hp.
V8, 4.0 L, 420 hp, 6 speed manual, rear wheel drive, coupe, REDLINE AT 8400 rpm = 2007 BMW M3 E92 - new will be turbo, shame
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