Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
TF: I'll take your word for it, Pat. But I'll think about it later; I've just seen the road up ahead. And I'm having trouble concentrating. Flickering up and out of the scrub, with Asbestos Mountain to the right, it swaggers up and around the hills like big black loops of intestine pulled from the desiccated corpse of a landscape, looking suspiciously like hot-hatch country to me.
With a decent road in sight, the Mustang makes a guttural, phlegmy bellow, overlaid by a slight whine of supercharger belt, and romps off. I heel the Fiesta into second and wind up through to 6,500rpm, not exactly cantering up behind, but not left wondering which way the Mustang went. A surprise, given that officially the Fiesta will hit 62mph in a smidgen under seven seconds and top out at 136mph. The GT500, in contrast, will crack 62 in roughly 3.7. Which is proper quick. But there's one thing in the Fiesta's favour: this isn't a drag race.