I’ve always feared the day when I just can’t be bothered and it all bugs the hell out of me: the stiff suspension, the noise, the sharp acceleration etc. But ironically because of all those things, that just hasn’t happened.
This is where my argument for this being the safest car I’ve ever had comes in. Just before we set off for the Sunday drive home from our road trip to Wales, I remember my sleep deprived self just dreading the 3-hour journey ahead. Enough to the point where I couldn’t be bothered with bumpy roads and detours, and I told my mate:
“I’m not being funny, but let’s just go home.”
Not happening. We started by quietly cruised through the villages, but as soon as we made our way out the last one, the roads opened up and the Focus sped off.…
Maaan, I’m trying to cruise and be a miserable old man here!
Instinctively, I kept it in 3rd gear and went after him. Job done!
That sudden burst of acceleration, the push into the seat and the noise all became my wake up call. Never mind caffeine boosts, my sleep deprivation had disappeared by 5th gear!
My mood instantly perked up and suddenly we were having another blast home. A 911 (996) Carrera even joined in on the fun at one point and nestled in between the two of us halfway through. Judging by the level of howling from the Carrera’s 6 cylinders, the Focus really gave the 911 something to aim for, with that low-down torque making lighter work of exiting out of the corners.
The Fiesta? Nowhere near. The Focus and 911 may never have gotten out of sight, but that’s probably more due to the shorter straights working in my favour! The only hint of closing the gap was during that initial burst of acceleration out of the corners/when the road opened back up – the Fiesta could gain momentum sooner here while the Porsche had to work its way high up into its rev range, but even then, that was my 2 seconds of hope.
It’s nice to be brought down to earth once in a while!
All in all though, even at my worst the Fiesta ST has been an awesome Daily. With it being the fastest car I’ve ever had, I was just expecting to get caught snoozing or driving beyond my capabilities and writing the car off. But it’s been giving the complete opposite effect.
The whole car as a package keeps you alert as it feeds your senses; it can turn the mood around into something positive, and I can see why in general, there is a huge love for hot hatches.
You don’t need a plethora of airbags or electronic safety systems interfering to keep you safe; you just need a hot hatch to keep your wits about you.
I’m seriously considering a Focus ST in Yellow next though….
Spec: Fiesta ST-2 Engine: 1.6T Petrol, 197bhp, 214lb ft Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Mpg: Official: 47.9mpg Achieved: 39mpg Performance: 0-62mph: 6.9 Secs, 139mph Colour: Molten Orange Running Period: Summer 2013 - Autumn 2014, 17,500 Miles Options: Cruise Control, 15" Spare Wheel, Rear Centre Head Restraint, Adjustable Boot Floor, Style Pack (Rado Grey Alloys, Red Brake Calipers, Illuminated Scuff Plates), Convenience Pack (Keyless Entry, Folding Door Mirrors & Puddle Lights), Auto-Lights/Wipers, Auto-dimming Rear View Mirror.
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