Arya2.0S wrote:Gotta admit I'm tempted to sell my Capri for a mk2 focus st but I'd never be able to afford the fuel costs, I'm struggling with my 2.0 Capri as is
You will struggle in any car, if you're struggling with a 2.0. It was the most fuel-efficient Capri made, and should return you 30+ mpg pretty-much however and wherever you drive. The smaller engines need to be worked harder, and the larger engines are bigger and heavier.
I'd second other opinions here that the 2.5 Volvo-engined Focus ain't thirsty if you don't drive it like a maniac. I had the RS, which with a Mountune exhaust, Mountune intake, and rolling-road remap was about 355bhp and a neck-snapping 580NM (428 lb-ft) of torque. Once it was already moving, I've never known anything so quick. from 30 MPH to top speed, it'd make my Mustang GT look like it wasn't even moving. It pulled like a freight train to the rev-limiter, even in 6th. I once had a bloke in a Tesla model S (which of course would be far faster from a standing-start) follow me onto a petrol station forecourt just to ask me what the heck I'd done to it to make it take off "like a scalded cat". He couldn't believe it was just an exhaust, intake and map. There's no denying it's a thirsty engine (I used to average about 26 MPG most tanks), but if you drove it carefully and sensibly, you'd get just shy of 30 without being Miss Daisy. It'd push 40 on a longer run too. All that combined with the incredible fun when you unleashed it, providing you could hold it in a straight line with all the torque steer. It made for very safe and easy overtaking, unless the road was wet. ...and absolutely nothing I ever encountered in it could stay on my tail once it came on boost. All that said, it's far more fun to push a Capri to its limit, and you won't even get points on your licence on a lot of roads! A fast modern car gives you about 3 or 4 seconds of acceleration before you break the law, and will corner like on rails. It takes no skill to drive, it's boring, and you get just 3 or seconds of being flat-out before you have to ease off. In contrast, just trying to do the speed limit in the Capri has it twitching and squealing on bends, and you feel like you're in a chase scene in the Professionals.