Well the do have a motor 15% bigger than ours.
Not only does the MS3 have a 2.3L, it also has a K04 turbo which is considerably bigger than the K03 in our cars. Further, the MS3 has a LSD which helps with traction. My buddy had one back in 2008 (although I'm not sure if that mk1 was mechanically the same as the mk2) and I agree with whoever mentioned they feel more raw than the ST, torque-steer is considerably worse as well. Anyway, Motortrend did a video comparison of both cars which is worth watching.Always been a fan of the MS3's, just never got the chance to wet my whistle against one. Anyways let me know what you guys think of the results. Appreciate the forums.
The MS6 is hard to compare, being awd, but I too have heard that they take to tune and mods very well. Overall I like the ST more, I think it looks better, and is much more well equipped when you get into the ST2/3. Still, for the money you can't go wrong with the MS3, I have several friends that have them.Being the owner of both a Speed6 and a Focus ST (also have a few Speed3 buddies) the ST is definitely more refined and more fun in the twisties. The Speeds feel like they have more of a soul than the ST and I know from experience that with just a tune they turn into a whole different animal. Now with that being said my ST is completely stock as its my DD and covered by an extended warranty where as my Speed6 is heavily modified and is my favorite out of the two.