If you’re a petrolhead, you probably read Top Gear or watch the television shows. If you’re from America, you generally read articles like this longing for the ability to purchase one of these exotic-over-there cars. In this shootout, Top Gear has the Stig run out the new Focus ST against the Volkswagen GTI (the Europe-only Edition 35 GTI which makes an additional 35hp over the US GTI) and two cars not available on these shores: the Vauxhall Astra GTC VXR and their most recent top-hatch choice, RenaultSport Megane RS265 Cup.
“Actually, this might work in our favour. I throw the Focus keys into the ST, and he [the Stig] stalks after them… It’s a match made in heaven. As far as I can deduce, Stig appears to be eyeing the little box lovingly – digital communication is clearly occurring… A moment later, there’s a roar, tyre smoke and a rapidly disappearing Tangerine Scream Focus. I momentarily feel sorry for it.”