i think it has a lot to do with the fact that ford has a lot of credibility with building fast 4 cylinder cars. gt cortinas, lotus cortinas, twin cam escorts, mk2 rs2000's, tx3 turbos...and those were just the cars available here. sierra cosworths, escort cosworths, xr and rs series escorts and fiestas in the uk....
and holden have given us the Zzz gemini....
You wash your car like it was your firstborn child, you tend to its needs like it was your own body, you protect it like it's your family, then you drive it like you stole it.
Weapons of rice destruction
2002 Ford Falcon AU3 XR6
1985 Ford Sierra XR4i
1980 Ford Escort RS2000