The whole entire SE part of the US would give a true test to the FoRS platform given there is no dry heat in this part of the country.Ford needs to let me test one in the humid heat of Eastern NC. Dry heat is not the same as 85% or higher humidity at 95 degrees and a feels like temp of 120+ that we can see here.
There better be lol. There are so many things left un answered. It is also getting close to the time where we may start seeing some first drive reviews, and as Ford states this is where the RS will shine so I'm not too interested in estimated performance numbers, just would love to see how it drives.Carlisle, Ford Nationals, RS will be on display, so maybe some more info then.
Doubtful. There isn't anything but mules and one hand built version right now.There better be lol. There are so many things left un answered. It is also getting close to the time where we may start seeing some first drive reviews, and as Ford states this is where the RS will shine so I'm not too interested in estimated performance numbers, just would love to see how it drives.
Linear power delivery is exactly what I want. I dislike exactly what you're describing about the Subaru power delivery, and it's good to hear that Ford is focusing on making the RS feel more like a naturally aspirated car.From that NASIOC thread, the guy who has been driving around in the mule mentioned a few things.
A) The Suspension is STIFF, even in normal mode, which sounds fantastic to me. But let's see what that means for long road trips when combined with Recaro seats.
B) Power delivery is extremely linear, says it actually feels like it makes less power then it really does. Its "deceiving" apparently.
Having been a Subaru guy my whole life, I was always used to a huge lack of low end power followed by a punch in the mid range and then dying up at redline. I actually look forward to driving the FoRS, power everywhere is very nice.
There is a difference between being fast and the experience it gives, having things go soft when the engine starts to really sing is a buzz kill. It won't matter on AWD but having huge TQ peak down low causes traction issues big time. Making power up top also helps with TQ multiplication from being in a lower gear. I'm all for drivability in the sweet spot and good response, I just hate seeing an extra 1500 RPMs and having them useless. The ST power drop when tuned is just very very noticeable, I'm just hoping the RS will be different and Fords words of it being exhilarating until redline are true.I don't understand the not fall on it's face until redline part. With the ST you aren't making power beyond the 5K mark, so shift and or keep it there. To me, I don't care if it drops of at 5 but goes to 8K, I'm going to keep it in the power band when driving. I've never had a problem Autocrossing the ST, always in the power band because you are usually in 2nd. As for the track, 4th and 5-6K on the track took me to 120 MPH and that is all there was room for so again, red line wasn't an issue.
Having owned a few Honda's where you had to wring them out to make power, I'd rather have the low end grunt that tapers off then have to wring it out