Battle of the small giants - Ford Focus ST takes on the Toyota GT 86
|   Friday, November 09, 2012
When it comes to high performance within a small budget no one can beat the players of the economic segment like the Toyota GT 86 or the Ford Focus ST. These vehicles are small, easy to run and maintain and returns excellent value for money. Their size cannot fool the performance freaks and they are actually some of the best performance vehicles that we have on track. The Ford Focus ST and the GT 86 are cheap vehicles, easy to run and are user friendly and are available in both five and two door body setups.


The Focus ST features Ford's enhanced control and ride ability along with its guarantee and is a smaller and more efficient vehicle than the GT 86. These vehicles hold the edge over most of the other players in the segment as they are cheap to own, run and maintain. They churn out the same performance as that of a Lotus or Porsche, but at the end, they go easy on the pocket. With the economic downturn plaguing the entire world, cheap options are the hot pick in the market.

The Ford Focus ST produces 250 ft lb of torque and its small wheelbase is perfect for rotating in small areas. The chassis tuning has been redone and as a result performance is enhanced. Grip levels are excellent and traction is not a problem with these vehicles. Body roll is negligible and as a result the power train is efficient in controlling the vehicles. Braking has been enhanced on the GT 86 and as a result driving the vehicle is more fun than what it used to be.

The steering is refined and smooth and no excess vibrations can be felt from the cabin of either of these vehicles. Torque steer is however present and this could be fun to control while driving. Wheel spin can be achieved although it is not present and is hence not bothersome. 
These vehicles are potent drifting machines and good for performing stunt moves and this is mainly due to the high torque formation.

Off throttle adjustment is quite refined on the Ford; however the Toyota suffered a bit of under steer in speed. However, the Toyota makes up for handling and performance in the comfort department. The five door vehicle is quite useful for using daily and as a result it is more practical than its two door version. Response is an important feature on any vehicle associated with sports and the Toyota does lack a bit in the segment. However, this is where the Ford Focus ST scores.

However, you are most likely to have a good time in the Toyota GT 86 as long as you decide to go at moderate speeds. But if you want to go fast and own the streets, the Ford Focus ST is the only way there. Smart, fast, cheap and comfortable is how most people would like to describe the Ford Focus ST and the vehicle is without doubt the better choice among these two options.
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