Re: Careful what you wish for ('05 Focus)
On Mon, 6 Jun 2005 08:18:11 +0200, "Stephen F."
>"Gary McClean" <GaryNOMcCleanSPAM@PLEASE.yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> "Stephen F." <ferguson@NOJUNKbluewin.ch> wrote in message
>>> Having taken my '03 Focus TDCi Estate in for a service, I am driving
>>> around in an '05 Focus 5-door as a replacement for the day.
>> Hi Stephen.
>> Was the '05 you got for the day a TDCi, and if so what did you think of it
>> compared to your own?
>Unfortunately it was a 1600 petrol, or "The Lame Duck" as my girlfriend
>called it after a day with it. It was nasty. Loud, gutless, and slow. As
>soon as I got back in my TDCi I felt like I was in a rocketship, and it's
>not exactly a road-burner. On the motorway, our TDCi with bike racks on the
>roof is quieter than the new Focus with the 1600, which is geared very
>short. I'm sure if you really flogged it and held it to redline in each
>gear you would match the performance of the TDCi... maybe. The tax
>incentives would have to be huge to make me buy that combination.
Facts (from the ford.co.uk website):
1.6 Duratec Petrol: 100 PS power, 150 Nm torque, 0-62 mph in 11.9 secs
1.6 Duratec Ti-VCT Petrol: 115 PS power, 155 Nm torque, 0-62 mph in
10.8 secs (5-door)
1.6 Duratorq TDCi Diesel Euro IV: 90 PS power, 215 Nm torque, 0-62 mph
in 12.9 secs (5-door estate)
1.6 Duratorq TDCi Diesel Euro III: 109 PS power, 240 Nm torque, 0-62
mph in 11.1 secs (5-door estate)
1.8 Duratorq TDCi Diesel: 115 PS power, 280 Nm torque, 0-62 mph in
10.9 secs (5-door estate)
Assuming you're comparing the 1.6 Petrol with the 1.6 Diesel
(otherwise the comparison is irrelevant) the Ti-VCT is at least as
fast as the 1.6 Diesel, not to say faster. In fact the Ti-VCT can be
even compared with the 1.8 Diesel.
The only explanation is that your replacement car was one with the old
100 PS 1.6 engine. The fact that it's geared very short is actually
one of the features I like very much about the new Focus, but I guess
that's a matter of personal taste.