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Looking through the RS posts back at the ST forum and it seems like there are a lot of ST owners who are disappointed with the unveiling of the RS. It seems as if a lot of people were expecting a lot more from this car as far as looks are concerned. I honestly think they hit it perfectly and it keeps growing on me more and more. I would expect the community to be a little more supportive but hey, look at how quick the Seahawks fans turned their backs when the wrong play was called. I know it is very subjective but I think they had a choice between making it look like a beast or performing like one. I believe they made the right choice and went with the latter. Who out there is supportive or a nay-sayer?
 

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Most were hoping for a crazy designed snarling RS. The last version was very wide and super aggressive looking. However Ford is trying to appeal to a larger market now. They also stated rather than putting the money towards the exterior they put it towards the AWD system, which IMO is where I would rather have my money to go. I think it looks nice as it is, aftermarket companies will come along to satisfy those who want the added flare. Ill take the function over form any day though.
 

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its simple.....like with EVERYTHING else in the world, some people don't like it, while others just like talking s%$^ no matter what its about :D
 

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Yeah I thought that was great when he talked about the importance of performance over appearance. It doesn't matter what they unveiled, people will always have something to say. It will never be perfect. It's like when the C7 came out (I'm a prior C6 owner), I was a little skeptical but over time it has really grown on me and I would pick one of those up in a heartbeat. This is going to be the best Focus ever produced and will have so much potential.
 

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The only thing I don't like too much about the looks is the lack of some flared wheel arches to give it a wider look. But that's me nitpicking. It's stated that they didn't opt for that like they did on the mark II Focus RS due to the AWD system. I love that they put so much thought and effort into the AWD system honestly and hopefully that'll mean it's going to be a huge contender.
 

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all the haters have to justify their purchase by bad mouthing the new girl on the block. I personally dont like the focus st because its FWD and only 250 hp with a mid 14 1/4 mile at 99 mph. I could've bought a ST1 for 22k OTD but once I heard the focus RS might come to the US with 340+ hp and awd I decided to wait.
 

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It's because we're going to lose our shirts trading in our STs for an RS and our resale value just took a huge kick in the nuts.
 

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Same thing happened when the new Mustang came out.

Nothing new just in time people will change their minds about the RS.
 

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Same thing happened when the new Mustang came out.

Nothing new just in time people will change their minds about the RS.
^^Agreed! I have a modded ST and love it! It's set up just the way I like it and I enjoy it, but that doesn't make me hate the RS.
I do hope to get into the RS eventually, but for now, I'm completely content with my ST.
 

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Just like most car forums, there will always be a crowd of folks who don't agree with something or like a car because of some stupid detail. I don't think this applies to the entirety of the Focus ST crowd though...i'm honestly quite surprised that this thread was even made since there are probably only 5 people on the forums who don't like the RS for what ever reason. The people who talked the most **** about the RS were the ones speculating that it wouldn't have AWD because of [insert bs engineering reason here] and [insert financial reason here]. Well they were wrong and now they are just sour about it so screw 'em.
 

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Yes, the ST isn't and RS. But it's a great car for $27,000-ish. There are those that will never be able to afford $40K. There's no reason they can't enjoy some of the DNA even if it's not as refined.
 

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GREAT POINT... The mechanicals are thrilling. Personally, I like the body - but serious tuners will want a body kit for sure. No stock car will ever cater to their very personalized desires. Their Focus will be a statement of their vision.
 

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I had a Scion TC. I HAD TO HAVE A NEW CAR... It was either dream of my third M3 (which I can no longer afford), or buy the ST go-cart. It will hold me over until the new RS arrives. I figure that will be when I hit 30,000 miles, or three sets of tires, whichever comes first LOL
 

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Same thing happened when the new Mustang came out.

Nothing new just in time people will change their minds about the RS.
yup...the s197 people love to hate on the new s550...however I watch people break their necks looking at my car passing by lol.
 

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yup...the s197 people love to hate on the new s550...however I watch people break their necks looking at my car passing by lol.
Very true. These new platforms if given a second look have you wanting one more and more since they grow on you.
 

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again, like various people have been saying, function over form works for me. Considering that we'll FINALLY be getting the RS with a new AWD and 320+ HP, I think I'd rather have the grunt without the flare. I for one appreciate modesty and being inconspicuous.
 

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Very true. These new platforms if given a second look have you wanting one more and more since they grow on you.
So very true.

Never been huge into Ford. They have done amazing things.

I want an AWD Fusion Titanium for the wife, a ecoboost F150 to haul things, a Mustang GT to drag race, and a RS to track and drive on mountain roads. I already have my DD ST. LOL

Never has a car company intrigued and grabbed my attention like Ford has.


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It really is amazing that Ford has available so many different products for all kinds of buyers in mind- performance vehicles for the enthusiast, and non performance vehicles for the non enthusiasts. Then there's us who appreciates Performance AND Practicality! :cool:
 
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