TG Speed Week: the Scotland Showdown
We’ve got two days in Scotland to reach a definitive verdict on our favourite performance car. Time to loch and load...
Posted: 31 Aug 2012
SP: Leading us conveniently to another all-rounder: the new Focus ST. It's superb on the daily grind, but here I thought it felt a bit springy, a fraction loose, where everything else on our test seemed glued down.
OM: You called it the world's "best all-round car" last month.
SP: I did. And for everyday driving - commuting, motorways, back roads - I love that Ford hasn't chased Renault down the hard-as-very-hard-nails handling route. But, purely from a going-fast perspective, is the ST a touch soft?
OM: It is. I found myself breaking our seven cars into groups, and had the ST lodged with the M5 in the rapid, capable, but ultimately-a-bit-fat category. Both seemed to fill the road, or at least require a large portion of it. Incidentally, using the same strategy, I had the Exige and Radical together, the 911 and McLaren together, leaving the GT86 on its tod.
SP: On dodgy Scottish roads, the ST is a supercar-seeking missile, tough to shake even in the McLaren. Admittedly it's easier following than leading on a damp, deer-infested Scottish road, but, still, this is a truly rapid real-world car.