This is going to be a kick ass car, no doubt. But honestly, if they make 8500, I think there will be some serious deals at model year end.
It's a manual - you've already greatly limited the amount of people that will buy one. It has summer only tires, this will turn some non-enthusiasts away.
The Focus SVT was a performance bargain and a great car. The production numbers:
Total over 3 model years: 14003
PLUS it was a lot less expensive so more younger people could buy them, and credit companies were also more loose with who they would lend to. The price of the ST will eliminate a lot of buyers (not saying it's not worth the money, it is a lot more car - but some that bought Focus SVT's will not be able to afford them).
Cobalt SS T/C Numbers:
Maybe they will fly off the lot, but I think 8500 is optimistic.
When I picked up my 2003 SVT off the lot in early 2004, there was $4k in rebates on it. With A plan and rebates I got a brand new '03 SVT Euro package for $16500 or something crazy like that.