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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.

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2013 Ford Focus ST vs. 2012 Volkswagen GTI


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Old 11-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Given how much C&D likes the GTI for a while now, that's a lot of praise. It's almost like them rating some sports sedan over the 3-Series.
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Anybody else notice how they put the GTI @ $24k and the ST @ $28k? Like the Focus is actually more expensive? A GTI "Autobahn" costs over $30k.
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Anybody else notice how they put the GTI @ $24k and the ST @ $28k? Like the Focus is actually more expensive? A GTI "Autobahn" costs over $30k.
Those were the as tested prices of the cars they used but the base prices still should be listed. The GTI is showing it's age and it's 50 less hp disadvantage.

I'm waiting for a comparo against the likes of the teaser commercial we got a ways back withn the ST passing a WRX and a BMW. Even on paper the ST was looking like it's class beater and with most of the reviews I've read the ST is living up to the hype and maybe a bit beyond.
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