The Focus SVT follows in the tire tracks of the SVT-tuned Mustang Cobra R and F-150 Lightning, squeezing a 170-horsepower engine and 6-speed Getrag transmission into what was already a competent economy car. The engine incorporates variable valve timing, two-stage variable intake runners, and a dual-mass flywheel to maximize power--technology that belies its sub-$20,000 base price. The result: pulling power through the rev range, and a smooth, quiet demeanor. Ford's team also beefed up the suspension, brakes, wheels, and tires, creating a genuinely fun-to-drive vehicle. In our tests, the Focus outaccelerated the lighter Civic Si and demonstrated razor-sharp handling, nearly pulling a full G in corners.