RE: Ford Focus ST MR300 | Spotted

RE: Ford Focus ST MR300 | Spotted

Monday 23rd March

Ford Focus ST MR300 | Spotted

Considering a Focus ST with a Mountune-liberated 300hp? Doesn't have to be a new one...



Anyone with even a passing interest in fast Fords will know the name Mountune, what their work comprises and how good the end result often is - be that on road, or on track. The latest m330 package for the Focus ST is the perfect example: take very good fast Ford, free some extra power through some ECU tinkering, back it up with a warranty, charge not much for it and away you go. Chassis upgrades are often available as well, though typically the Mountune work simply brings a car to life with extra power rather than overwhelm it.

But that's just the Mountune Performance stuff, the upgrades that used to be manufacturer supported and which, in the grand scheme of tuning, are pretty mild. There's another level of Mountune work, though, which is more labour intensive, costly and yields far greater gains: Mountune Racing. Still offered on the road cars, MR upgrades are when hardware is changed as well as the software.


For the old, 2.0-litre Focus ST, a Mountune Racing kit meant 300hp, a healthy 20 per cent upgrade from standard. It also provided an enormous 347lb ft, which matches to the pound foot the overboost torque of a Mk3 Focus RS. While weighing a heck of a lot less. You can read the full details of the upgrade here but the important stuff includes a larger downpipe and exhaust, a high-flow air filter and new intercooler; all the basics for getting extra out of a turbo, by getting more air in and out of the engine as quickly as possible.

Why mention that here? Because this seemingly immaculate, very low mileage (26,000), two-owner Focus ST has the MR300 kit fitted. Indeed, it was given its Mountune makeover just 8,000 miles ago, in 2016, at a cost of more than Β£3,000. Not an insignificant investment to make on an ST given its value, and presumably done as soon as this 2013 ST was out of warranty.

Given these old Focuses never felt short of grunt as standard, this surely promises to be heroically rapid with the Mountune Racing work. There's no mention in the advert of any further work, though, so it might be worth getting familiar with the Mountune catalogue to get a proper handle on the performance. There's a Quaife differential offered that sounds almost mandatory, for starters...


Whatever the next owner's plan for it, what an opportunity this Focus appears to be. It must be rare that so much is spent on modifying to then have a car used so little, giving the buyer of this one, in theory, many more years and many more miles of (really) fast Focus to enjoy. The upgrades, as is so often way, haven't done much for the value, either, this car's Β£12,995 comparable with cars of a similar mileage (albeit the newer, facelifted ST).

Is there a downside? Well, this ST is going to go through front Goodyears even faster than standard, there might be an additional cost for insuring it, and it'll likely use a chunk more fuel as well. But given the performance that is surely on offer here, they will be small prices to pay. Oh yes, and this particular Focus is near Edinburgh, which won't be convenient for some; but if it is, what an enormous amount of fun this Focus promises to be.


SPECIFICATION | FORD FOCUS ST
Engine:
2,000cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 250@5,500rpm (standard car)
Torque (lb ft): 250@1,750rpm (standard car
MPG: 41.5 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 159g/km
First registered: 2013
Recorded mileage: 26,000
Price new: Β£22,995
Price now: Β£12,995

See the original advert here


Author
Discussion

Murphy16

Original Poster:

241 posts

34 months

Monday 23rd March
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That interior is nasty

Hairymonster

552 posts

57 months

Monday 23rd March
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That's a real bargain. Sorely tempted.

DaveyBoyWonder

535 posts

126 months

Monday 23rd March
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Murphy16 said:
That interior is nasty
Given the exterior, I'd say the interior is the highlight for me.

TerryFarquit

29 posts

79 months

Monday 23rd March
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As people default on their loans and the bottom falls out of the nearly new market, no one in their right minds would buy anything now.

GravelMachineGun

5,612 posts

111 months

Monday 23rd March
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DaveyBoyWonder said:
Murphy16 said:
That interior is nasty
Given the exterior, I'd say the interior is the highlight for me.
Ugly car all round but quite a cracking machine. The looks put me off enough though, outside is bland and the inside is OTT.

Jon_S_Rally

795 posts

40 months

Monday 23rd March
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The MK3 Focus is a decent car, but I think at this money I would be looking for a facelift instead. The interior and exterior are both a bit better. I did drive one of these a couple of years ago and, while it was good, I didn't think it felt that quick to be honest. It was a nice car, but the engine let it down a bit. It felt a bit flat somehow.

Darren93

135 posts

57 months

Monday 23rd March
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I would much rather get a mk 3.5 for an extra £2k honestly.

DanielSan

14,746 posts

119 months

Monday 23rd March
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One of these in estate form really appeals at the moment. Better looking than the hatch imo

Hairymonster

552 posts

57 months

Monday 23rd March
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GravelMachineGun said:
Ugly car all round but quite a cracking machine. The looks put me off enough though, outside is bland and the inside is OTT.
I think that's a good thing. A friend has a Focus RS 2.3 with all the bodywork and he says everybody wants to race him - Corsas, Fiestas, Beemers - he's got so fed up with it, he's selling the car to buy something far more discrete.

Jon_S_Rally

795 posts

40 months

Monday 23rd March
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Hairymonster said:
I think that's a good thing. A friend has a Focus RS 2.3 with all the bodywork and he says everybody wants to race him - Corsas, Fiestas, Beemers - he's got so fed up with it, he's selling the car to buy something far more discrete.
Does that ever actually happen in real life? I don't know if it's ever happened to me to be honest, even in flashier cars. Can't he just ignore them? It's not like they're going to ram him if he doesn't race them laugh

GravelMachineGun

5,612 posts

111 months

Monday 23rd March
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Jon_S_Rally said:
Hairymonster said:
I think that's a good thing. A friend has a Focus RS 2.3 with all the bodywork and he says everybody wants to race him - Corsas, Fiestas, Beemers - he's got so fed up with it, he's selling the car to buy something far more discrete.
Does that ever actually happen in real life? I don't know if it's ever happened to me to be honest, even in flashier cars. Can't he just ignore them? It's not like they're going to ram him if he doesn't race them laugh
TBF when i drive the TT I often get aggressively tailgated by someone in diesel vauxhall or golf and it can get tiresome but if you just ignore them they'll soon go away or turn off.

lee_erm

849 posts

145 months

Monday 23rd March
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The interior is nicer than the equivalent Megane, nobody seems to moan about those

RichardDastardly

67 posts

15 months

Monday 23rd March
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Does an MR300 typically need an upgraded clutch and Quaife diff for the extra power to be put down reliably?

FN2TypeR

6,679 posts

45 months

Monday 23rd March
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GravelMachineGun said:
Jon_S_Rally said:
Hairymonster said:
I think that's a good thing. A friend has a Focus RS 2.3 with all the bodywork and he says everybody wants to race him - Corsas, Fiestas, Beemers - he's got so fed up with it, he's selling the car to buy something far more discrete.
Does that ever actually happen in real life? I don't know if it's ever happened to me to be honest, even in flashier cars. Can't he just ignore them? It's not like they're going to ram him if he doesn't race them laugh
TBF when i drive the TT I often get aggressively tailgated by someone in diesel vauxhall or golf and it can get tiresome but if you just ignore them they'll soon go away or turn off.
I get that in a boggo 140hp Ecoboost Ford Focus from time to time, 30mph or 80mph, makes no difference! People are tools.

Mr Tidy

10,681 posts

79 months

Monday 23rd March
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I really like the fact that it doesn't look too OTT - and I'm a sucker for a bright red car.

Until a week or so ago that would have looked like a bit of a bargain, but now I reckon it will be a tough sell sadly.

jase_llan

49 posts

9 months

Tuesday 24th March
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Jon_S_Rally said:
The MK3 Focus is a decent car, but I think at this money I would be looking for a facelift instead. The interior and exterior are both a bit better. I did drive one of these a couple of years ago and, while it was good, I didn't think it felt that quick to be honest. It was a nice car, but the engine let it down a bit. It felt a bit flat somehow.
Glad I wasn't the only one - I've got a MK6 Fiesta ST as my road car (same engine as the above, without the turbo) and found the MK3 ST to be very flat despite, or because of, the forced induction... I've also got a track car with the 1.6 Ecoboost which is definitely happier to rev out, although the car its in weighs a bit less than a Focus!

Dannbodge

1,713 posts

73 months

Tuesday 24th March
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Not enough buttons on the centre console for me.

I test drove a FL version before getting my cupra.
Was nippy enough but so very very uncomfortable.

richinlondon

154 posts

74 months

Wednesday 25th March
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i like the outside and the colour suits it too, but that dash - always reminded me of one a super cheap ugly 1990's hifi.