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Focus ST – now with more dealer-fitted grunt…

September 17, 2008

UK is so eagerly awaiting – just like the rest of us – for Ford’s latest pocket rocket – the Focus RS. Luckily for us hot hatch fans, TeamRS – the group behind the Focus RS – knows it too! That’s the reason why they have worked with renowned ROUSH British subsidary – Mountune for a time filling pocket rocket kit for the more ‘discreet’ ST (a.k.a XR5 Turbo).

The package includes a bigger intercooler, high-flow air filter and recalibrated ECU, all good for an additional 25kW to boost output from 225 PS (165kW) to 260 PS (190kW). The extra power promises to drop the 0-100 sprint down to a scant 5.9 seconds and on to 100 in just 14.1 seconds. The best part for British enthusiasts is that the £1,120 ($2,500 AUD)  package can be installed to any new or used Focus ST [XR5T] at a range of dealerships across the Isles. Ford and Mountune promise an accompanying suspension package in the near future and further mods for additional Ford models before the year’s through.

Here is the official press release:

FORD DEALERS OFFER MOUNTUNE PERFORMANCE FOR FOCUS ST

  • Approved performance upgrades on new or used Focus ST models
  • 2.5-litre Duratec ST engine can now be tuned to 260PS
  • Continued association with motorsport specialist Mountune
  • Prices from £1,120 plus fitting at specialist Ford dealers

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 16 September, 2008 – Ford is offering Focus ST performance upgrades through a special dealer-fit option.

The Mountune Performance package will retail at £1,120 (plus fitting) and consists of a larger intercooler, a high-flow air filter and revised engine calibration. Together, this lifts power output from Ford’s potent 2.5-litre Duratec ST engine from 225PS to 260PS at 5,500rpm and from 320Nm to 400Nm at 2,500rpm.

The upgrade reduces the 0-60mph sprint by 0.6sec to 5.9sec, and the 0-100mph time by 1.9sec to 14.1sec.
The performance gain follows similar Mountune upgrades for the popular Fiesta ST which have been made available from Ford dealers earlier this year. Both have been verified on British B roads and over numerous laps of the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Developed by Mountune Performance in association with Ford Team RS, these packages will only be available at selected specialist Ford dealers’ from Sept 2008. The upgrades carry a minimum of 12 months/12,000-mile dealer warranty up to a maximum of three years/36,000 miles. The upgrade kit does not affect the vehicle warranty.

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