That's not smoking a stock 5 spd. I went 14.2@98 stock. And anyway, that ST really is at the limit of that motor's capability. 252 from a 2.0 is about all she wrote from a streetable n/a motor. Ford has admitted it directly. The fox left enough on the table for cheap mods to make big improvements. Besides, a fox is a late 70s to early 90s car when running mid-low 14s was something more than mundane for a performance car. Again, 70s 80s and 90s had nothing on the performance car of today. That's the best argument. I think it would make a good car to drive around, but I do wonder about maintenance costs and repair parts. I could own one of them, too. I've got a girl back in the states that loves focuses. Would be perfect for her.