The 1st gen Focus was a cheap front-wheel-drive economy car, but if you subscribe to William James' theory of unlimited parallel universes, there has to be a universe where the Focus was a cheap rear-wheel-drive V8 economy car. This one must have slipped through a worm hole into ours.
The US market Ford Focus was launched in 2000 with Ford's "New Edge" styling, a unifying design theme dreamed up by Ford's VP of Design Jack Telnack. The Mustang also got New Edginess in 1999 as well as the Cougar (and others) but, mercifully, the cars were allowed to return to segment based styling a few years later. The 1st generation Focus is a cheap beater today, and a surprisingly large number have been converted to V8-rear drive brutes from a variety of tuners, madmen and enthusiasts. Find this 2000 Ford Focus V8 Swap offered for $18,000 in Holland, MI. Featured by Zaqataq on jalopnik oppositelock forum.