There is an alternative(possibly)! lol. I was also watching for the release of the Raptor R as well, though mpg would probably be horrible like the ram trx at 10mpg. But it would be fast, practical and sound great. I would have had to give up my 4runner for it though since it has the largest parking spot in my garage. Between giving up the 4runner and the horrible mpg, it got nixed off my list though it would be a super cool truck to have.FWIW comparing international car prices to USD can get pretty wonky. It’s usually not as simple as looking at the exchange rates.
I’ve toyed with the idea of a Mustang or Camaro but we just wouldn’t be able to make one work from a practicality or cost standpoint. They really only have room for two people and a dog or young kids, but they don’t have enough room for rear facing child seats…so if you’re planning on having kids in the near future they don’t make much sense, and you’re never fitting adults back there for more than a short trip. Also…a Mustang is about as long as a 4Runner. They’re absolutely huge for the fact that they’re coupes.
Gas mileage and insurance costs are also a huge issue. I understand why “give me a V8 or give me death” folks exist, they sound amazing and a beefy NA engine is always fun, but unless you’re only doing highway driving the mileage is abysmal, and I’ve heard that the Coyote in particular usually gets much worse city mileage than it’s rated for. They also cost an arm and a leg to insure regardless of how good your record is.
To make a long story short…pony cars are very expensive to own and are effectively two seaters. Being able to pick up a well equipped GT or Camaro LT1 for 40k is amazing on paper but owning them is deceptively expensive when you factor other costs in. The payment is only the tip of the iceberg.
…all that being said, there is a really interesting compromise, especially for you as a Focus owner, and it’s the HPP ecoboost. They initially shoved the Focus RS engine into a Mustang as a skunkworks project, and it wound up performing so well it got the green light. The numbers those throw down are surprising (HPPs usually lap better than GTs) and they apparently handle way, way better than GTs due to the lower weight and better balance. They also get decent gas mileage and are less expensive to insure.
…if you can get past the stigma of owning a non V8 Mustang I think they’re a cool option, but a lot of people can’t, so they don’t sell very well. You can definitely get a deal on one though. The performance package is mandatory (better brakes and adaptive dampers) and I see HPPs with it equipped selling in the mid 30s all the time. I couldn’t make one work as a daily, but I definitely see the appeal. It’s nearly V8 power and speed but without the crazy hidden costs of owning one.