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2002 Ford SVT Focus
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SHARPER FOCUS. It’s what Ford’s Special Vehicles Team pack leader John Colletti calls the “next obvious product” in the microbrand’s lineup: a 170-hp version of the very popular and, we’re told, very hip Ford Focus. The SVT Focus benefits from a raft of engine improvements, including an uprated compression ratio, to 10.2:1; tuned headers; a dual-stage intake manifold; and a variable-cam intake system. Along with the 170 hp, the Focus also gets a boost in torque, up to 145 lb-ft, some 85 percent of which SVT says is available from 2200 rpm. The suspension is lowered a half-inch, spring rates are increased 13 percent, and the brakes are enlarged to 12-inch rotors in the front, 11-inchers in the rear. Toss in a single CD player (a six-disc, in-dash changer is optional), a batch of interior trim from the Euro Focus (seats, steering-wheel, extra audio controls) and a base price of about $18,000, and we’re predicting a quick sellout. That’s of the car, in case you’re thinking too hard.
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2001 Pontiac Rev concept
2001 Pontiac Rev conceptEnlarge Photo
PONTIAC’S REV-OLUTION. GM president Ron Zarrella calls it a “very strong indicator of the future of Pontiac products.” We say it’s a hark back to the halcyon days of the AMC Eagle four-by wagon. The Pontiac Rev’ concept combines a powerful six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive with Lycra-covered seats and a GPS cell phone with Web access for a unique interpretation of all-road activity. There’s also a third door for easy access, as well as a cavernous, clamshell cargo door.
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