Good points, Chop.
is228979, Ford announced it would be bringing the Focus RS to the U.S. I think that car will impress you.
is228979, torque steer was not an issue for me during my test drive. Power delivery was quite smooth.
I agree the prices are very high, but they're not too far off from what General Motors and Chrysler are charging for their heavy duty models.
I'm sure the EPA sticker will have a high EPA rating, but I'm also curious about fuel-economy in real-world driving.