It’s a cat. Not a dolphin.
Yep, you read that correctly. Cat. Not Dolphin. I haven’t gone totally mad, promise.
Long story short, Ford once came up with a soundbite that said the old Focus ST had the character of a dolphin (friendly, playful, not threatening) and the Focus RS was more of a shark (similar kind of thing except pointier, angrier and more liable to take your arm off if you didn’t show it some respect). And indeed, the torque-steer generated by the old 5cyl Focus RS could dislocate road tester shoulder sockets like an angry child with an action figure.
So, I asked boss of Ford Performance Europe, Leo Roeks, what’s hopefully the most bizarre question he’ll be set this week: what sort of animal is the Focus ST now?
“It’s a cat”, he smiles. “Because you know, even a house cat that is usually calm and quiet can be very aggressive and agile when it needs to be.”
Right. Which animal is the next Focus RS going to be? Leo’s eyes flash with enthusiasm.
“A wildcat, I suppose!”
And speaking of miaow…