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Old 03-14-2011, 12:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The latest Focus RS is a super hot hatch...too bad you can't get it here

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Old 03-14-2011, 02:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The latest Focus RS is a super hot hatch...too bad you can't get it here
Theoretically available in Mexico...
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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How long until someone cuts out there grille and puts in some Venetian blinds?
Radiator shutters have been used on trains since the dawn of diesel locomotion so car makers where a bit slow off the mark.

Personally I don't like the look of the new focus, there's to many gaudy bits of styling compared to the clean look of the outgoing (europian) focus. What's with the black triangles either side of the main grille, as far as I can see there are almost no openings in them so why do the have to be so big and ugly if they serve no purpose?
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Since we`re speaking about the Focus... what Ford did with the first model of Focus was that they brought sheer driving pleasure & comfort to the massess in one package without having to pay extra for it, this was due to the suspension multi-link setup.

Those cars had unbelievable handling compared to the competition and the ride still remained very comfortable. .
Wha? I admit I've only driven one focus, it was a rental 4-door model for a week during a business trip in 2007 and I couldn't stand the twitchy, "busy" handling. It felt like being on a dry leaf in the wind... not comfortable or pleasurable at all.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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...yah gotta "love" automotive marketing "hype" for its' inventive use of the obvious excitement derived from mundane mediocity.

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Old 05-11-2011, 05:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I don't really like the new look of the Focus or the added weight. But I do like the 6 Speed, Direct Injection and grill shutter.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It's just marketing BS. It would be a lot more aerodynamic if it didn't have that upper grill in the first place.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:38 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Um, the shutters are in the lower grill?
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wouldn't it be smartest to make a "sealed" (or at least closed-off, aerodynamically) engine compartment and a separate, aero-clean cooling tunnel with a radiator in the middle of it? It could dump to just under/behind the front tires perhaps... or wherever there's naturally a low pressure area.

I recall the 93 VW Fox I used to drive had a tiny radiator off to one side, the right 2/3 of the grille was blocked by a cardboard panel and air got diverted into the little square radiator... it wasn't super slick but I don't see why the same idea couldn't apply to something like the Focus, and not even need mechanical shutters (that will inevitably fail)
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I'm building an active grille for my truck. It is terribly cold blooded. I also plan on replacing the engine driven fan with a pair of wrecking yard electric fans.

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