I agree with this take. I was initially attracted to the concept of owning a Focus via the RS, but for my usage (a daily driver, that sometimes gets taken on long trips to obscure destinations (for work)) the idea of piling miles on an RS for close to double the money of my new ST3 lost it's relative appeal. I tried explaining why the ST was a fun, guilt-free, pseudo-disposable car to friends of mine who argued that I should've gone for an RS, but I'm happy with this compromise. It's 80% of an RS at in my case nearly half the price (paid about $25k OTD for a new 2017 ST3 (5 miles), and I won't feel compelled to "save" the car if that makes sense.That's not necessarily true. Our ST1 has gotten something like 17k miles in 9 months. That doesn't sound like too much until I tell you that it has never been driven to work. If it was an RS I would feel bad banging it out and throwing it in the garbage. Part of what makes the car enjoyable is that it is somewhat disposable. At the end of the day...it's a Focus and it was $17k. Have I wanted an RS? Yeah. Until I rode in one and it still wasn't all that quick, still a focus. Have I wished that I spent twice as much? HELL NO! That's new Mustang GT kind of prices.