I woke up to a text message this morning from my Ford engineer friend telling me that he can get me X-Plan pricing on a new Focus ST. I think that might just seal the deal. The dealer is going under sticker with the ST2 package.
Also, those partial-leather Recaros are seriously the most comfortable seats I've ever sat in. And this is coming from a former Volvo owner. It helps that I have narrow shoulders, but the whole cockpit felt like it was tailored for me. And I can't believe the interior quality of the new Focuses!
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