I went to the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit, and they had this and the Fiesta ST there. They were getting tons of attention, and when they come out they will sell like crazy, even if the Focus ST is $30k. We've all been waiting for a Euro spec focus forever and now that's it's finally here everyone will line up to take one home. I believe the Fiesta ST will be the car they have for around $20k to appease the people who can't pony up the cash for the Focus.
It should be very competitive with all the popular hot hatches, even if it gets beaten in acceleration tests. The SVT won most of it's comparisons on the fact it was the most balanced car, and offered the best driving environment, not because it was the fastest.
2003 Pitch Black SVTF, K&N Drop in, CFM dog bone. 155,000 miles. **SOLD**
2001 Sentra SE 2.0 w/JWT Pop Charger 463,000 miles.