The prices are specs in that link are correct they'll be announced tomorrow by Ford. I have been test driving a white DSG today for 3 hours - was really impressed and I have been really close to ordering but I can't help but think that the ST is maybe worth the wait, especially at ?19.5k for the full spec. The equivalent Golf must be getting close to ?24k (including recaros) - yes residuals on the GTI will be good - but that good?...Not sure how 'real' the prices are but could make VW assess it's pricing.
Methinks not as this will be left to the next R32 which is now going to be priced between ?23k - ?24k (EVO magazine Oct 2005).
Looks like you could be right - these are the Whatcar depreciation figures for the ST. They are projected trade figures so you could expect a bit more in a private sale, and a dealer mark-up would be ?2-3k on these (not saying they are gospel either, but I would bet that they aren't too far away).........Its the way of the world.
It wouldn't be fair to compare the GTi with the 130i - R32 maybe, but not the GTi.
The Focus RS was a hand finished limited run (4000 I think) of cars and so this is why it has held it's value over the years. The new ST is going to be mass produced in the same way the last Focus ST was. Ford can't really afford to repeat what happened with the RS, it's said they lost an awful lot of money on that project.I think the predicted depreciation figures are way off.
The ST3 is surely an equivalent the Focus RS ( I Could be wrong ?) as far as Ford branding is concerned
The 2.0T Leon that is out at the moment 'only' has 185bhp. The twoIt wouldn't be fair to compare the GTi with the 130i - R32 maybe, but not the GTi.
Seat Leon anyone.....? the 2.0T has been launched at ?16300 - what price the Cupra?
The Golf is going to have some serious competition and premium pricing won't be enough in my opinion.