Focus RS stop-gap is here


To those waiting for the next Focus RS, this should keep you amused in the meantime. Ford of Europe's preferred performance specialist Mountune will in the new year offer up a fully manufacturer warrantied upgrade for the two-liter turbo Ecoboost in the Focus ST that'll hike power to "around" 280hp.

The standard ST is already decently pokey with its 250hp pushing the car to 60mph in 6.5seconds, so while Mountune wouldn't give us the full performance figs we'd wager a time under six seconds.

The car previewing all this is a special edition Focus revealed at the SEMA tuner show in Los Angeles earlier this month celebrating rallycross star Tanner Foust.

WTCC special edition has 200hp upgrade
WTCC special edition has 200hp upgrade
Mountune did the 280hp upgrade for that car, admitting to PistonHeads that the Euro-spec tune will be pretty much the same. Expect a similar price to the Mountune upgrade of the previous 2.5-litre ST, which found 260hp for around £1,200 depending on which Ford specialist you went to.

If the styling of the Tanner Foust car (pictured top)appeals in any way, Ford dealer and Mountune specialist TGST in Somerset told us there's a small chance it'll be sold in UK dealers.

Mountune has already produced a 200hp upgrade for the 1.6-litre Ecoboost Focus seen in the Zetec S. This £995 addition is similar to the forthcoming two-litre hike in that it includes an upgraded intercooler and airbox as well as the ECU tweak. Again it can be fitted without troubling the standard Ford warranty and turns the Focus into a proper ST baiter by reducing the 0-60mph time to 6.9seconds, down from 7.9secs.

This tweak has found itself in another special edition car, this time built to celebrate Ford's World Touring Car Championship campaign. It's being pushed by the UK-based Arena team running the Focus 1.6-litre Ecoboost racers, one of which is driven by Tom Chilton, and includes a few extras like special 18in alloys.

We couldn't find get any useful information about the car, like price or on-sale date, on account of the whole team being out of the country, but if you want to know how the new 1.6 Ecoboost upgrade drives, stay tuned for a test by our new boy Alex, who'll tell us how close it gets to ST territory.

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  • gzylo 20 Nov 2012

    Nice one!

    Focus into a proper ST baiter by reducing the 0-60mph time to 6.9seconds, down from 7.9secs. ?

  • StottyZr 20 Nov 2012

    gzylo said:
    Nice one!

    Focus into a proper ST baiter by reducing the 0-60mph time to 6.9seconds, down from 7.9secs. ?
    They're still talking about the Zetec S with 200hp at this point

  • big_boz 20 Nov 2012

    This weeks Shed, reminded me of how "powerfull" me and my mates thought a GTI-6 was when it first appeared with 167BHP, In a bit of pub banter it was even mentioned that the 120BHP 106GTI seemed awesome when we were all knocking about with c.50BHP in our Y10/panda/nova/polo/SJ's trying to crack 100MPH!

    Now we have got "warm" hatches with approaching 200BHP, and a medium hot hatch making getting on for 300 ponies.

  • Limpet 20 Nov 2012

    big_boz said:
    Now we have got "warm" hatches with approaching 200BHP, and a medium hot hatch making getting on for 300 ponies.
    True, but dragging a lot more weight about as well.

    In the late 80's, a Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v or VTEC Honda would post 7 sec 0-60 times with "just" 150 odd bhp.

  • drewcole81 20 Nov 2012

    As long as they don't have those gordy Halfords looking crap stickers all over them.

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