Went to test drive a red focus ST after work today. Where to begin...
The car is pretty good, but the feeling of driving a mechanical thing is very much removed. I can't feel how the engine is reacting to the gearbox to the wheels to the road through my hands and my butt. I can't feel how fast I was going by feeling the vibrations of the shift knob. The brakes felt like I was playing gran turismo on play station, really hard to feel how much braking you are actually pumping down to the calipers. The thick pillars, oh god, it was like shooting one eye out and putting wasabi in the other, more blind spots than see spots. I am used to driving a car with zero blind spots without turning your head.
But man... it is such an awesome car. when I was 10, I discovered the internet (and myself). this is a discovery as great; total revelation of my view towards modern cars. they aren't boring anymore! It is just as much fun as the mini but without it constantly shouting everything it is doing at me. cup holders! gloveboxes! a frikin computer you poke at! it was like having a robot butler drive you around while it hugs you gently with the skin of a beautiful dead cow. It was telling me my passenger door was "ajar", the car speaks more eloquently than I do.... I just need to figure out how to program it to refer to me as Master Marco.
No pictures though... my mini was embarrassingly dirty
P.S. Oh I almost forgot, it was pretty fast too, but ya know, I'm about the cargo capacity.