How to make five cylinders sound like eight

How to make five cylinders sound like eight

I dropped off the Hyundai Santa Fe to Phil ‘Petrolhead’ Clark today and picked up a Ford Focus XR5. Apart from the pointless drive from the city to Wiri and back because Ford neglected to tell me they’d sent it to a city dealer just 5 minutes from the office, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Focus glowing in its orange-ness.

It sports a turbo 5-cylinder and somehow Ford has almost managed to make it sound like there are 3 extra cylinders hiding in the bonnet. It is accompanied by a high-pitched turbo whine and a moderate amount of urge forwards – enough to get to 100kph in about 6.5 seconds, I’d guess (I haven’t tested it yet).

I’m looking forward to a weekend of conspicuous motoring in a car that turns heads just because of the colour.

I dropped off the Hyundai Santa Fe to Phil ‘Petrolhead’ Clark today and picked up a Ford Focus XR5. Apart from the pointless drive from the city to Wiri and back because Ford neglected to tell me they’d sent it to a city dealer just 5 minutes from the office, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Focus glowing in its orange-ness.

It sports a turbo 5-cylinder and somehow Ford has almost managed to make it sound like there are 3 extra cylinders hiding in the bonnet. It is accompanied by a high-pitched turbo whine and a moderate amount of urge forwards – enough to get to 100kph in about 6.5 seconds, I’d guess (I haven’t tested it yet).

I’m looking forward to a weekend of conspicuous motoring in a car that turns heads just because of the colour.

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