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Ford Focus SVT, Hatchback
Feb 23, 2001 (11:14 am)
Take a look at the 2002 Ford Focus SVT. What do you think?
#2 of 423 What the ZX3 should have been from Day One
Feb 24, 2001 (4:06 pm)
I plan on checking the SVT out when they appear at dealerships later this year. I've checked several SVT dealers locally, and no one wants to talk about taking an order now - too early, they tell me. If Ford manages to get a handle on the quality issues that plagued the launch of the Focus in this country, and dealers don't try to bend customers over a barrel on pricing, the SVT should be a sell-out. This segment of the market has been neglected for way too long, in my opinion. I'm leaning toward stretching a bit and going for the new Subaru WRX sedan, but I might wait until the SVT appears to drive it before deciding.
#3 of 423 will they put that engine
Feb 27, 2001 (12:33 pm)
into the 5 door hatchback?
Feb 28, 2001 (7:03 am)
Not according to AutoWeek - the "ZX5" is supposed to arrive this fall with the 2.0 liter Zetec currently offered. SVT vehicles are built in relatively small numbers for a narrow audience, and are designed to be "halo" cars for the true enthusiast. SVT doesn't try to be all things to all people - which is why you won't see an SVT Focus with an automatic transmission, or SVT prepped engines finding their way into the bread and butter family cars.
Mar 02, 2001 (6:10 am)
The SVT Focus is not available yet, correct? So I am correct in assuming that the Focus I pass going to work in the morning did not leave Dearborn with an SVT logo on the back?
Mar 02, 2001 (8:22 am)
whens this car supposed to be available? if it is available for 18k and no dealer jackup, plus better quaility and reliability, id buy it (does anyone know if the focus is reliable?)
thx (this would be cheaper and better for me so i dont have buy all those aftermarket parts)
#7 of 423 It'll make PT Cruiser....
Mar 02, 2001 (8:28 am)
.... " The PT Snoozer "
#8 of 423 re: Poser & Availability
Mar 05, 2001 (4:03 am)
Unless you live near Ford headquarters, and happened to spot a pre-production car undergoing testing, I'd say you are seeing a regular ZX3 with an SVT badge stuck on the back. I have been in discussion with the general manager of a local dealership. He knows about as much as anyone who has visited the Ford SVT web site, and read the articles in AutoWeek, Car and Driver, and Automobile magazine. The Job 1 date (when they build the first production car) has not been finalized, but current rumors say November. Ford is still juggling the list of options vs. standard equipment in an effort to bring the car in at a competitive price - early reports had the sunroof as standard, and now it has moved to the short list of options (yay! I'm not a sunroof fan). This car should be a bargain if you can snag one at the projected list price of $18K. As opposed to trying to build your own performance Focus, there's no way a casual mechanic could duplicate the SVT for the same money - the Getrag six-speed transaxle alone would cost a bundle, plus the Zetec engine has received extensive internal mods, such as forged connecting rods, higher compression pistons, and variable valve timing on the intake cam... plus the whole package is covered by a 3/36 warranty and can be financed. Such a deal.
Mar 05, 2001 (2:42 pm)
I heard the Focus SVT will only be built in Germany. If this is true it will be the only sub $20k car built assembled in Germany. Not even a Golf or GTI is built in Germany anymore. I think the SVT will be the best hatchback available under 20k. Not that it has much competition.
Mar 05, 2001 (4:59 pm)
sentra20ser, an interview with SVT officials published recently in AutoWeek said that the SVT Focus will be built in the Hermosillo, Mexico plant alongside the regular ZX3. Ford engineers also visited engine plants in Germany, England, and Mexico, and decided to have the SVT Focus' modified Zetec engine built in Mexico as well. Despite what you might think about German vs. British vs. Mexican workmanship, it is largely the low price of labor in Mexico that will make the SVT Focus affordable.