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Transmission is one of my favorite things, glad they didn't go with a dual clutch and instead went with what better suits its character. Thank you Ford
 

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AWD!


Ken Block apparently greatly influenced Ford's decision to go that route:

How much did he really have to do with the new RS? The Ford people tell us that when asked, he pushed them very hard for all-wheel drive, and that helped them decide to do it. Block is also credited with helping to come up with the Drift Mode idea and had input on the car's handling. He was also consulted on things like paint colors. He does it all for free because he loves the Focus RS.
 

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The article mention seat coolers. Now of course purists will say those have no place in a hot hatch. But...I've tried those once, in a Lexus I'd taken for a test drive, and I loved it (the seat cooling, not the car, although it was more than respectable). A gentle breeze to cool down the seat and those things of importance that tend to be close to the seat :D Absolutely brilliant.
 

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The article mention seat coolers. Now of course purists will say those have no place in a hot hatch. But...I've tried those once, in a Lexus I'd taken for a test drive, and I loved it (the seat cooling, not the car, although it was more than respectable). A gentle breeze to cool down the seat and those things of importance that tend to be close to the seat :D Absolutely brilliant.
I see seat coolers holding more importance in a luxury vehicle like a Lexus where the leathers can get hot on summer days, but in this... I don't know, seems unnecessary.
 

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Absolutely, I mean if it didn't have them I wouldn't mind, it's not essential, it's not a deal breaker. But boy would it be nice :D If they came as an option, I'm pretty sure I would tick that box.
 

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Luxury item = rollbar+fixed back seat+harness from factory

Gettin Michelin pss,brembo,recaro sport seat will be okay....
 

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Seat heaters and coolers are helpful. It's a performance hatch but also needs to do well with regular driving, plus with heated and cooled seats, you'll be a bit more willing to get out and drive, that among much more powerful motivations :D
 

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Seat heaters and coolers are helpful. It's a performance hatch but also needs to do well with regular driving, plus with heated and cooled seats, you'll be a bit more willing to get out and drive, that among much more powerful motivations :D
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Doing well enough with everyday use does help.
Already its practical enough that this can be the only car someone owns.
 

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Transmission is one of my favorite things, glad they didn't go with a dual clutch and instead went with what better suits its character. Thank you Ford
They're having all kinds of trouble with their DCT in both the ST's, logically they stayed away ;)
 

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There's no DCT in a ST. To be fair that video is couple of years old. The problems with the DCT have been fixed and the warranty was extended to 6 years. The main issue was software but a few had leaky seals as well. Never had an issue with mine.
 

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Glad to hear that, extending the warranty to that length should leave most folks happy, if anything else is bound to happen... good chance it'll happen within that term.

Faith restored back in the DCT :D
 

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6 years is a really long warranty. I'm sure most people would be happy with that. People have been apprehensive about DCT but I do think that is the future.
 
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