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Old 06-17-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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Focus SVT vs Focus ST: Who has switched to ST, or chose not to switch?

Hello,

Does anyone have comments, pro or con, about the 2002-04 SVT's compared to the 2013-14 Focus ST?

From my experience, they are totally different cars. I keep trying to talk myself into getting the ST, but every time I drive my SVT's, I change my mind.

I would love to hear opinions from other people, including anyone who has made the switch, or anyone who chose not to make the switch.

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Old 06-17-2014, 10:28 AM   #2
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The correct answer is both.

I think you are on the right track, they are 2 totally different beasts. Have you driven an ST yet?
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Well if I were in your boat and had two SVTs I'd trade one in for an ST and get the best of both worlds.
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The ST is a good car, it is built very well, but it is incredibly big and bulky compared to the SVT. So I dunno, your call really. I like my MK1 Focus much more than any newer focus.
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You want to keep a bit of a classic I'd keep the SVT but if you want to beat the SVT all around then upgrade. If you could do it keep the SVT and buy an ST eventually. Both are cool cars.
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You probably feel very connected to the SVT.

On the other side of the coin, the ST has many electronic driving aids which would make the driving experience artificial by comparison.
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That's very true as was the case with my Type R but the FoST and FiST are a couple of the first fwd cars I've seen compared to the handling of a Type R with their willingness to get the car to rotate thru corners instead of the cliche understeer that accompanies most front wheel drivers. Too bad it couldn't be done with less electronic nannies but the FiST is supposed to have a less artificial drive feel than the Focus ST.
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I test drove the ST a few times when I was upgrading. Few things I found:

The SVT is a really high-energy type car. Whenever I was at the track in my SVT, I felt like the car was a hyperactive go-cart. It felt responsive, nimble, high-strung, and dare I say "savage". Most importantly though, it was FUN.

The ST on the other hand felt more reserved. Dont get me wrong, it was alot of fun to drive too, but just didnt quite manage to put as big a smile on my face as the SVT did.

So the question you need to ask yourself is what you want more: speed or fun.


I chose option 3. scooby.



Edit: I should note that I drove a Fiesta ST, and loved it. If ford offered a 3dr Fiesta ST here in the states, I would drop my subaru in an instant.
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My Eclipse was a bit of a savage ride and about a half second quicker in the 1/4 mile than my STI but the Subi is so much more composed and much less drama when launching it. The Eclipse was more fun at the strip tho'.
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I recently test drove a a FiST and really wrung it out. Salesman was ashen when done. Great power and handling, but small car, low head clearance, and, IMO, inferior interior and ergonomics to SVT Focus EAP. Later in the day, when I got into my SVT, I felt more connected to the road and much happier with EAP recaro's than FiST Recaro's. Plus, the low center console/tunnel of the SVT makes a roomier interior. I drove to the dealer ready to write a check for the FiSt, but I could not pull the trigger. it was loaded, Molten Orange. Now thinking of Focus ST, but want to hear other viewpoints.
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