Yesterday I went to my local Ford car dealership to have a look at the new Ford Focus ST. The car is currently being advertised on tv and it caught my eye. I like cars...who'd have guessed given we're on car number 10 in 5 years...and fancied a wee look at this one.
Of course it was just a look...no intentions of doing anything else given it came with a hefty £21,000 price tag!! In any event I've only had my current car since September.
The car in question was in the showroom in all it's glory. It was the top of the range model, as it always is in these places, and it was attracting a great deal of intrest. I must admit I was smitten straight away. It seemed everyone who was having a look at it felt the same way!
You may recall me saying that I have problems with my hands which randomly pick items up which I then purchase. Luckily I am unable to lift a car and take it to a check out...unluckily I also have problems with my eyes...they want something and my brain agrees!
So within 15 minutes of looking at said car I am in discussions about what trade in I can get on my car...It's a good deal and seconds later I'm out test driving this £21k car!
When we get back I find a spot and have a look through the brochure for the car to see what you get for your £21k...
18" 5 spoke alloys
Recaro Sports seats - 10 way fully electronically adjustable
3 spoke leather steering wheel
Aluminum gear knob with red gate graphic
Aluminum sports pedal with rubber paddings
St logo sports scuffs
Ambient lcd interior spot lighting
Chrome tipped dual sports exhaust
Full leather interior with heated seats
Sony 6 disc autochanger all front loaded
Mp3 socket for the Ipod
Xenon sports head lights and low ride fog lamps
Jet black roof interior
Jet black headliner on front window
Footwell lcd lightning
Wing mirror indicators
ST chrome badge trim
Low sports suspension
6 speed gearbox
ESP traction control
2.5 litre, Turbo charged, Duratec 5 cylinder engine
300lb of torque
0-60 in 6 seconds
Then I get chatting to guy who took one for a spin yesterday...he's looking to buy one but can't find a dealer that has any left in stock so he's in Edinburgh trying to source one...he tells me that during his test drive he finds himself with a guy in a Honda Civic Type R going past him and as he does so he gives the guy that look, you know the smug my one's better than yours look. The Focus looks , externally at least, like every other Focus on the road except for the discreet ST badge on it. A typical family car. So the guy says the Honda goes past and the driver puts the foot down as if to prove his point...the guy said he put the foot down in the Focus and opens it up and leaves the Honda trailing and despite the best efforts of the Honda driver he can't catch him! They come to a roundabout further along the road and the the guy has slowed down to let the Civic catch up and he says he just caught his eye and smiled! It was then he decided he was definitely buying one...
and it was then that I thought the same!
So all going well I will be whizzing round town in my new car in about 8 days!!
So much for just having a look eh??