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That's our engine is it not? SWAP?

HAHA that is really nice though, I thinkthey put a turbo atop the Mazda valve timing. it just begs the question...

WHY DOESN'T FORD BRING ANY GOOD CARS HERE :cursing:
 

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WOW

That's our engine is it not? SWAP?

HAHA that is really nice though, I thinkthey put a turbo atop the Mazda valve timing. it just begs the question...

WHY DOESN'T FORD BRING ANY GOOD CARS HERE :cursing:
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Our engine?
You have a 2.5L 5 Cyl supercharged?
 

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WOW

That's our engine is it not? SWAP?

HAHA that is really nice though, I thinkthey put a turbo atop the Mazda valve timing. it just begs the question...

WHY DOESN'T FORD BRING ANY GOOD CARS HERE :cursing:
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Volvo 5 cylinder.........


Hot hatch boosts Ford's firepower

04/21/2006, 15:21 [The Courier-Mail]


FORD has added more firepower to its Focus line-up with a turbo-charged five-cylinder XR5 model on sale next week.

The move follows the recent addition of a blower on the Territory and highlights Ford's intention to bring in "halo" performance models to its fleet to push sales.

Ford Australia president Tom Gorman is even considering a performance Fiesta, known as XR3, if sales of other performance light cars such as VW Polo GTI go well.

Ford has no qualms in admitting the XR5 will be a small-volume player.

However, Gorman expects the interest in the German-made XR5 to spill over into sales of the German-engineered and South African-built Focus range.

"It's clear what we're trying to do; the more we can extend our brand to cover more and more space in the marketplace the more competitive we can be in the long run," he said.

Ford had a record March for the Focus, selling 1131, up 7.3 per cent on the previous month and 64 per cent on the previous March.

"This month is tracking well so we feel really good about our objective of selling 2000 Focuses a month," Gorman said.

"And this (XR5) will be a very exciting halo over our Focus nameplate.

"This is going to be one of the headline products of the year."

General marketing manager Rebecca Martin says the XR5 has arrived at "just the right time" to promote sales of Focus as they have resolved a supply issue from South Africa.

However, now the XR5 will be hampered by supply issues with an estimate of only 40 a month coming out of Germany.

The five-door-only Focus XR5 hot hatch will sell for $35,990.

It is powered by the Volvo five-cylinder 2.5litre intercooled turbocharged Duratec engine, delivering 166kW of power and 320Nm of torque from 1600rpm to 4000rpm. That's about as much torque as a family sedan.

It was tuned in England by specialist rally tuners Team RS and was hot weather tested in Australia.

The potent transverse in-line five is married to a sweet-shifting close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox (auto is not available), has 42mm bigger front discs and 20mm bigger rear disc brakes, sports-tuned suspension, and comes standard with dynamic stability control which can be switched off, emergency brake assist and electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering that can be selected in standard, comfort or sport mode.

The Focus campaign featuring Mikey the dog in the pink handbag will be adapted for the XR5 to feature Mikey as Speedy Gonzales in a sombrero and black handbag.

But while the marketing seems skewed toward women, this is definitely a macho package.

Outside there is a wire mesh grille, fog lamps, twin exhaust pipes, body kit which makes it 20mm longer and 18-inch alloys with 225mm wide, 40 per cent profile rubber. However, there is only a space saver tyre in the rear to accommodate the massive muffler system under the floor.

It's a small price to pay for the glorious growl from the twin pipes which harmonise with a fluttering induction noise up front. Ford calls it a "sound symposer".

Sound is also on Ford's mind inside the XR5, with a shiny black lacquer-look Sony six-stacker with eight speakers and iPod connectivity. The glovebox iPod socket connects to the headphone jack, so the sound system only controls volume and you will have to select tracks on the iPod itself. It's a shame the whole system doesn't integrate better, but it's a start.

The interior features Recaro front seats with red, orange or grey inserts. In cloth trim, it's a five-seater with two Recaros up front and three factory seats in the rear. With the $2000 leather option, the rear becomes a two-seater with contoured Recaro seats and the front seats are separately heat controlled.

Trim is monotone dark grey with aluminium highlights around the gear shift, air vents, instruments and handbrake.

Prominent on the top of the dashboard are three gauges angled toward the driver, featuring turbo boost and oil pressure in bar and oil temperature.

It comes in six colours: orange, red, black, silver, grey and blue.

Small car planning manager Peter Fry said the famed stiff Focus frame was now even stiffer, the springs 30 per cent stiffer and the rear anti-roll bar 15 per cent stiffer. What is a great-handling Focus is now an even better handling XR5 with a potent powerplant to match.

Potent engine, Page 4

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Why do the american manufacturs always have better and more sporty cars overseas and never bring them to the US. I would have loved to buy american, GM has the wonderfull Opel and Holden line, and Ford of Europe has always had great performance cars. We get Malibu's and Fusions. GM and Ford are going to loose more market share to imports that offer just what they offer in their cars in europe. Why do they think that the US market wants ugly underpreforming cars?
 

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Its not just Ford. There are way too many cars that other countries get and America doesn't. S15 Sylvia (SR20DET Black-Top), Skyline (imported.... regular model coming soon). Accord Euro-R (Acura TSX). CTR (Beloved K20A). These are just to name a couple... the list goes on and on and on and on.

American compact sports car < The rest of the world. (nowadays)
 

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Why do the american manufacturs always have better and more sporty cars overseas and never bring them to the US. I would have loved to buy american, GM has the wonderfull Opel and Holden line, and Ford of Europe has always had great performance cars. We get Malibu's and Fusions. GM and Ford are going to loose more market share to imports that offer just what they offer in their cars in europe. Why do they think that the US market wants ugly underpreforming cars?
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Have you seen the price on some of those cars?

Americans, as a rule, aren't gonna pay $30-40,000 for a Focus. It doesn't matter how cool it is. They wouldn't pay half that for a Focus SVT.

To date, every single attempt at bringing over European cars to the US has failed (aside from the obvious German nameplates). But GM is trying once again, so if you really want your Opels, buy a new Saturn.

But you're probably never going to see the performance type variants that Europe has. They're just far too expensive for American desires.
 

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Have you seen the price on some of those cars?

Americans, as a rule, aren't gonna pay $30-40,000 for a Focus. It doesn't matter how cool it is. They wouldn't pay half that for a Focus SVT.

To date, every single attempt at bringing over European cars to the US has failed (aside from the obvious German nameplates). But GM is trying once again, so if you really want your Opels, buy a new Saturn.

But you're probably never going to see the performance type variants that Europe has. They're just far too expensive for American desires.
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Not only that, but the majority of Americans do not want a car like that. They see a turbo hatchback and think, "Haha at that 5-cylinder toycar! It can never outrun my 240HP V8 Mustang!"
 

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damn....they're idiots for not importing this to canada and the states....

and I love the color too...

"goes like a buttered pig"... hehe....
 

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Isn't this engine in a variant of the Volvo S40?
 

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Isn't this engine in a variant of the Volvo S40?
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similar...I thought I read on another forum that it was basically the same engine as the S60R (300hp/300lb-ft) vs 218hp
 

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Right. 35K for a FWD hatch with a Ford badge on it just isn't something Americans would buy.

Still, if this were price similar to the Mazdaspeed3, I would certainly consider it. I think it looks great! Its funny to hear the Aussie's use some adjectives to describe the car that very little Americans would reserve for a Ford.
 

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Americans, as a rule, aren't gonna pay $30-40,000 for a Focus. It doesn't matter how cool it is. They wouldn't pay half that for a Focus SVT.

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Since this is an Australian promo, I would assume that the $30,000 I heard in the vid is in Australian Dollars not in US Dollars.

At the current exchange rate, $30K AUD = $22,600 USD, which isn't too bad.
 

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At the current exchange rate, $30K AUD = $22,600 USD, which isn't too bad.
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Thats a HUGE difference. Frankly then, that is a Focus I would buy. 24-26K. Sounds good. The least Ford NA could do is make the Focus that looks that good.
 
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