Ford Focus ST estate driven in Russia
Matt Jones shows our hot hatch of the year around its new home…
Posted: 22 May 2013
That's enough to earn him a passenger ride. "I like talking to policemen, so don't drive slowly." I don't. "It sounds very, very good - maybe nicer than most others." Obviously, the absence of its predecessor's extra cylinder isn't too much of a hardship; the fact it pipes exhaust noises into the cabin probably helps a bit, too.
Relieved that the Focus doesn't invite street racing, I drive onto the middle of the three ring roads that circle the city, which is a facsimile of Tokyo's Wangan. Russia's laissez-faire approach to intellectual property usually causes Westerners great consternation, but this is fantastic. Three lanes of flowing, fresh tarmac meander through villages of steel and glass, while Russianness pops into frame at the most unusual angles - a Lada with a topless man on the roof, a deserted Soviet sea-plane, a horse watching some roadworks.