Looking for a compact car that’s fun to drive? Then come on down ot your local Ford dealership and check out the new Focus ST-R, available now for the low, low price of $98,995 for fourth-quarter 2012 delivery!
Now before you say, “Jesus Christ, I could buy a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Pack for that money,” take a look at what the ST-R has to offer. Its seam-welded steel unibody boasts an FIA approved safety cage. The 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four comes with a Ford Racing exhaust, engine calibration, oil to air oil cooler and high-capacity radiator, along with the usual six-speed manual transmission. It has one-piece 18″ alloy wheels, adjustable dampers and camber plates, a HANS racing seat with six-point harness, 18 gallon fuel cell, and dozens of other performance modifications already built in. Plus, it comes unpainted, so consider the car a blank canvas on which to express your wildest livery fantasies.
There is one catch, though. Unlike, say, the loaded Z06, the Nissan GT-R or the Porsche 911 Carrera S you could buy for the ST-R’s price tag, this Focus is technically not allowed on the street. But since it looks so much like the regular Focus ST, if you throw a set of plates on it, you could probably go years without anybody noticing you’re daily driving an honest-to-God race car. [via Ford Racing, Car and Driver]