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I don't take my 2013 ST3 to the track. It's my daily driver, and I love to take it on road trips, too, and for that reason I appreciate the fact that in addition to being an incredibly fun and functional car, it's also a really nice place to be. My back never aches thanks to being held by the Recaros, the car is relatively quiet, gives a relatively nice ride for my passengers, and has plenty of gadgets to keep me amused.

So what is known about the new RS? Sure sounds like it will be faster and have better handling, but will I have to give up the comfort and convenience I enjoy in my ST?
 

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There's always a trade off. There is cons to everything. I believe this RS is going to be on the slightly uncomfortable side. The suspension is sure to be stiffer. With 19" wheels you're going to have even less sidewall on the tires and the seats are looking like they will be awesome on a track. But not so awesome every day. I think the comfort is something we'll have to wait on. But I'm not holding my breath for a cushy ride.


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Fair but firm.

Don't expect this thing to ride like an A8. It will be stiff, but it won't be bone jarring like the previous Porsche GT3. You will be able to live with it as long as you're not a nancy boy, lol. I haven't driven my old STi or Evo in years, but I think I could still live with those cars as daily drivers, and my current vehicle is a Wrangler Rubicon, so I am not planning on being put off by the ride.
 

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Funny you mentioned the Porsche GT3...that was one of the first things I thought about when I read about the new RS. Great car, the Porsche, but definitely not for me.
 

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I can completely relate to this post, but for a different reason.

The only thing that could i guess deter me from this car is those 19" wheels. I use my ST as my DD and this would replace it, and since i drive 700+ miles a week,
I'm thinking the RS may be out of reach for me....I don't want to replace tires every 6 months, and if you can only go down 1 rim size, even 18's aren't everlasting :/
 

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I agree with @burke753. You're going to sacrifice some comfort and ride quality for the performance/handling the FoRS is going to provide. It's worth the trade off IMO.
 

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It has adjustable suspension, so you could probably soften the suspension a bit. But given that this is a global car, and one that is going to have to appeal to a wide-ish segment, I doubt that the ride will be unbearably harsh. The Porsche GT3 is basically a street legal track car. It isn't built to be driven mostly on the road, or DD'ed. The RS will be meant for both. They wouldn't have made it the way they did otherwise.
 

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You're going to sacrifice some comfort and ride quality for the performance/handling the FoRS is going to provide. It's worth the trade off IMO.
While I would hate to give up the comfort of my ST3, the one thing that might push me into the RS would be the all-wheel drive. Besides, or because of, the handling improvements, it just sounds so much safer.

Similarly, one of the key factors in choosing an ST3 over an ST2 was getting the HID headlights. They're just so much brighter than those on the Titaniums, and I live in an area with a paucity of street lights.
 

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I'm glad someone else initiated a post on the subject. I kind of expected howls of derision if I'd done it, but I see the community is more tolerant than that.

I too have a fully-loaded ST (it's not called ST3 here in New Zealand since it's the only variant available), and I too love the combination of luxury and performance.

There are days when the suspension is tiresome - generally those days I spend a lot of time driving in the suburbs where I can't enjoy any of the performance but get jiggled to death a low speeds on often substandard roads.

But then there are those days that include a drive in the hills, or even on the motorway, that make it worth it.

I want everything the RS offers, except a hard ride. My hope is, given the articles I've read about broadening the appeal, that they won't dare make it intolerable to too large a segment. Although ... reading that the adjustable dampers are for track use is a bit worrying: as if the range might be from "bone-shaking" to "bone-breaking" rather than from "comfort" to "sport".

Well, only a test drive will settle the issue once and for all, and that's a long way off. Maybe it'll be worth it.

I could just wear a corset I suppose to keep my internal organs in place.
 

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I'm glad someone else initiated a post on the subject. I kind of expected howls of derision if I'd done it, but I see the community is more tolerant than that.
Thanks for the support, Arnold...I had exactly those concerns, but now I'm glad to see I'm not alone. It's going to be a tough choice for Ford: Will they get more sales by satisfying people like us, than they'd lose by turning off the track aficionados?
 

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Wow, this thread went over a year without a response....until today?
 

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Well I'm new so I've been browsing all the threads to learn how to navigate -- i'm probably making all kinds of mistakes... I read one thread the other day discussing how to justify people saying "it's just a focus" but I can't find that thread today.
 
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