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
The joy of the Shelby is that you can really make a difference to how it goes down the road. If you are a crap driver, there's no hiding like there is in the Fiesta ST, which almost anyone can drive quickly, easily. I know that this 2013 model is probably the last we are going to see with a live rear axle and high-chair driving position. And I'm equally sure the next-gen Stang, with its independent rear suspension and smaller dimensions and smaller engines will be an easier to drive, more efficient car. But it'll also lose a large chunk of its charisma and soul.
Or maybe not. Ford has some genius tuners in its SVT division who know how to make cars that get the US public's blood pumping. So we shouldn't doubt their ability to work some magic on the next car until we see and drive it. And they'll have input on the US Fiesta, too. If they can do something about the sound of the engine, it might almost be enough to make me, and a chunk of the US, want one.