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Old 11-08-2012, 10:56 AM   #1
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Focus ST wins another comparo - but only just

Got my December issue of Car and Driver yesterday, and they put the ST up against the GTI in a comparo test called Slot-Car. I can't seem to find the article on their website, so they must not have it up yet. I'll try to link to it when they have it available. Or I'll add more stats/results manually when I get home.

The ST wins by a single point, with a lot of praise given to the steering, handling, and engine. Acceleration numbers between the GTI and ST were very close, almost dead even up to 100 mph, meaning they have had a slow ST and fast GTI on hand. We've seen plenty of variance in the ST's dyno graphs depending on weather conditions so I'm not too surprised by that.

Edit: Article is up

2013 Ford Focus ST vs. 2012 Volkswagen GTI

Mine: 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi XWD: 87k, Black, Manual, JZW Stage 1. 320hp/400tq.
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654

Hers: 2010 Focus SES: 78k, Ebony, Auto, Moon and Tune

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