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
PD: Ask me when I've just got out of the Mustang after a vigorous slither up some sand-strewn canyon roads, or after laying a set of elevens on some backroad, and I'll tell you that nothing this side of another overpowered muscle car could ever replace it. Ask me again when I've spent the day on gridlocked city streets or had to do a long journey, and I'll listen a little more intently if you tell me that cars such as the little ST are the way forward. Either way, I think it's a big ask for brands like ST or even RS to become credible in specific markets like the US overnight. It's going to take some... no, a lot, of time. Something like the Fiesta is great in town, but out on the poorly surfaced, XXL-truck-stuffed freeways it feels and looks vulnerable. I also think the smallest ST needs a bit more of the instant character that the Focus ST has in spades. The chassis is fabulously neutral, but then so is the drivetrain, which is frankly a bit boring. There's nothing wrong with the way the power is produced - it just needs more of a sense of occasion.