the engine revs nicely very good when gets over 5k revs, im not joking but it doesnt feel much slower than my focus st 2.5 turbo with 225bhpI know im sure the book figures are fake, it feels like it accellerates much quicker than the book says (cant remember what about 8.6 seconds to 62 I think).
but as we all know the 1.6 is the faster car no matter what the book says.. far less weight.. similar power and driven better due to the hard core nature of the 1.6 owner, lolOn my old 1.6 the best 0-60 I ever got was 8.4, although that was using a stopwatch on a mobile phone and judging it against the speedo, so fairly inaccurate basically.
Unless your 1.6 is modified I can assure you a Focus ST would murder it in a straight line at anything above 30mph. Mine is a 1.8 and it gets comprehensively trounced by a Fiesta ST at speeds above 50mph, so a Focus ST would have no problems.
However I know exactly what you mean by it feels fast, especially with the roof down. On the right sort of roads it feels quick enough. On a couple of occasions I have been accelerating hard on a straight and looked down to be surprised at how fast it has whipped up to 0.8 leptons or so (on a private track of course). But on wider roads it does sometimes feel rather underpowered.