Ford Focus

Ford Focus

It seems Europeans get all of the automotive fun, right? Well, Ford is about to reinforce that belief by unveiling the Mountune package for the already insane Focus ST .

This Mountune program does its power-boosting deeds by way of a handful of new components, including: a cast-allot inlet duct for easier breathing; high-flow sports air filter; larger intercooler for less heat soak on extended drives; and recalibration of the electronic systems. Buyers can opt to have the inlet duct and intercooler in silver or powder coated in black.

As it sits, the UK-spec Focus ST packs a mean wallop at 250 PS (246 horsepower) 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque straight off the showroom floor, but Ford’s Mountune program jumps it to an incredible 275 PS (271 horsepower) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque.

The power bump drops the Focus ST’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time from 6.5 to under 6 seconds. Additionally, the 31 to 62 mph acceleration time drops to just 4.9 seconds — a 0.8-second improvement.

The upgrade only takes about 90 minutes to install on the Focus ST and comes in at £1,225 ($1,852) for the silver components or £1,275 ($1,928) for the powder coated black components. This means a total investment of between £23,200 ($35,080) and £26,770 ($40,480), depending on the level of Focus ST and the Mountune kit chosen.

Unfortunately, there is no mention of this kit ever making it to the U.S. We can hope, right?

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The Focus ST is a real sports car with a six-speed manual and 154 mph top speed honed on German autobahns. It also has a fluid and capable handling balance, thanks to intensive tuning on the moonscape that is U.K. roads. As the Fiesta ST fails to generate meaningful excitement and buzz, can the 270 pound-feet of torque in the hottest Focus ST tempt a new generation of power-hungry drivers?

The delayed U.S. launch of many European performance models can be infuriating at times, especially for readers of international car magazines. One such case is the latest Ford Focus ST that’s been on sale in the U.K. since early 2012 and laps up praise from all who drive it.

Arriving in the United States as a late 2013 model year, it has been a long roll out that is just starting to see Focus ST’s appear in volume across U.S. showrooms. Better late than never.

The 2014 ST now has two cool go-faster mods for less than $500 extra: titanium-grey wheels with red calipers or twin matte black racing stripe graphics.

The car’s speedy performance and exterior design solidify the Focus ST as a contender versus the VW GTI , Subaru WRX and the outgoing MazdaSpeed 3 .

Click past the jump for the full review of the Ford Focus ST with highlights on U.S.-market changes to the global specs and info on the cool new options.

Ford tuner extraordinaire, Roush Performance, is most known for its programs for the Mustang . But every so often, the tuner takes a turn and works on a different Blue Oval model.

Take for example the Ford Focus ST .

The new program for Ford’s resident sports hatchback is available for 2013 models and beyond. It comes with a plethora of new components that give the Focus ST some pretty impressive aesthetic and performance credentials.

The most impressive thing about this program is that despite what you already see, Roush Performance is still working on other parts for the Focus, including suspension components, powertrain control module (PCM) upgrades, together with wheels and tire combos, and interior and exterior accessories.

For now, what it has already speaks to its impressive work on the pocket rocket of a sports hatchback.

Click past the jump to read more about what Roush Performance did to the Ford Focus ST

Ken Block has been making the rounds in Europe lately. After a stop in Hungary, which resulted in some serious fun with the Ford Sierra, Block and the boys over at GoPro decided to have some fun in the frozen woods of Mother Russia.

The promo video actually had an objective: have Block "kill" as many of these cameras as he could. He’s not riding a an old Sierra; this time, it’s his trusty rally Ford Focus he goes to battle with against the prying lenses of GoPro HD Hero 2 cameras.

It’s a rollicking, fun video that we’ve come accustomed to from a dude like Ken Block. Having an "objective" like smashing cameras along the way only makes it that much more entertaining.

If you’re looking for an unexpected ending, stick to the end of the video and you’ll see why some local Russians apparently aren’t too fond of Block.

If you need any reminder just how awesome Ken Block is, click past the jump to see the complete set of videos of the web series that made him a household name: Gymkhana .

Wolf Racing is no stranger to aftermarket programs for the Ford Focus ST . It’s done it before and now it’s doing it again.

This time, though, the Focus ST was treated to a wide range of modifications, highlighted by a performance kits that crams the word “sports” back into “sports hatchback.”

The first kit, appropriately dubbed Stage I, provides a significant boost to the Focus ST’s 2-liter EcoBoost engine, thanks to a new air filter and a remapped ECU. With these modifications, the Focus ST can pump out 285 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque from its tiny engine. This nets the ST a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.5 seconds.

If you’re above sub-300-horsepower hatchbacks, then you can opt for the Stage II kit, which adds a turbocharger to the air filter/ECU combo of Stage I. In the end, there’s another notable output jump, this time up to 300 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of twist.

Last but not least is the Stage III kit, which includes everything found in Stages i and II, plus it slaps a new sports exhaust system under the Focus. Now that the Focus ST can properly exhale, it is capable of massacring pavement to the tune of 370 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque.

With all of that extra power comes the extra responsibility of dragging it to a halt and a new performance brake system is responsible for that. Additionally, Wolf Racing tosses in a coilover suspension that drops the Focus ST by 50 mm (1.96 inches) in the front and 40 mm (1.57 inches) in the rear.

It’s not like Wolf Racing to add that much pop to the Focus ST and just stop there. Nope, this program also includes a number of new styling components, including: headlight covers, roof spoiler lips, and new side skirt and rear skirt attachments.

Pricing for the Wolf Racing’s program for the Focus ST can be found after the jump

If you’re familiar with Hennessey , you know that it’s an aftermarket company that specializes on tuning American sports cars. Every so often, it also dives into building its own model like the ridiculous Venom GT.
Well, the American tuner can also build programs for sporty hatchbacks, like the Ford Focus ST .

Don’t expect anything earth-shattering here, as Hennessey has come to be known in its other programs, but its HPE300 package for the Focus ST is nonetheless impressive.

No aero components were added, but Hennessey did install “Hennessey” badges to go with individually numbered dash plaques to distinguish the Focus ST as one of the 300 models fitted with the HPE300 package.

As the name of the program suggests, the Focus ST receives a new cold-air-induction system and a revised ECU, bumping up the output of the Focus ST to 300 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.

By all accounts, that’s a pretty impressive update and one that customers can have for the relatively affordable price of just $995. Production of the program will only be limited to 300 units, so if you’re interested, you might want to get a jump on it before they fly off the shelves.

Press days for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show will begin tomorrow, so it’s no surprise that starting today you will be hearing details about the models to be displayed in there. For example, Ford , in collaboration with fifteen52 and Ken Block, will be unveiling a very cool tuning kit based on the Focus ST . In fact, this cooperation will bring three different projects, with the first one being the TrackSTer project.

The new TrackSTer has been specially designed to pay tribute to Ford Racing’s past models, but in the same time, it proves just how far Ford’s performance envelope can be pushed.

The project includes a new short-throw shifter and a performance exhaust system from Ford Racing, which has also provided a Mountune engine build, using forged rods and pistons, a performance intercooler and an upgraded ECU.

From its racing brother, the ST-R , the new TrackSTer borrows the Quaife limited slip differential, the Center Force custom clutch kit and the four-piston front calipers.

When Shelby announced that they were bringing two models to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , a lot of us already penciled in that one of those models would be a custom-tuned Ford Mustang. The other one, however, was still subject to speculation with the front runner being some sort of derivative for Ford’s mighty sports hatch, the Focus ST .

True enough, those who thought it was the Focus ST were proven right when Shelby unveiled the Shelby Focus ST, a "budget-minded" performance vehicle for those who can’t afford the bigger and meaner Shelby Mustang.

Limited to only 500 units, the Shelby Focus ST is, as its name suggests, a souped-up Ford Focus ST that comes with a plethora of aesthetic and performance upgrades that’ll turn your already awesome sports hatch into one that has the stamp of approval from Shelby themselves.

Is the Shelby Focus ST all that it’s hyped up to be? Find out if it is - or isn’t - after the jump.

“Gimme the Gig II,” the follow up to the successful “Gimme the Gig” series, decided to do more than just have a televised battle of the bands show. This year, it presented a task that only Galpin Auto Sports could have pulled off. So what exactly could an automobile tuner have to do with a television show that revolves around music? Well, GAS was tasked with taking a Ford Focus – the main sponsor of the television show, of course – and turn it into a rolling recording studio.

GAS, Ford and Don Was, a Grammy-winning producer, collaborated for the task and installed top-end equipment that includes: BAE preamps, Empirical Labs compressors, Neuman, AKG, Sure and Marshall mics, Little Red Box and Sennheiser headphones, Sony hi-fi sound system, and Apochee Syphony interface. This all came together to create a recording studio that anyone could be proud of that can travel along with you.

As for the car, there is not too much information on what GAS did, but we can tell that the Focus features a matte-black coat of paint that gives it a slightly sinister look. GAS then added in a set of aftermarket rims that have a gloss-black face and red outlines. Up front, the red accent treatment continues on the upper and lower grilles, and around the fog lamps.

Inside, you can see a custom red-and-black interior with leather seats.

Under the hood, it appears is bone stock, sans some electronics that are likely necessary to run the extra gadgets.

World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race team, Arena, has just unveiled the Focus WTCC Limited Edition - a production version of its WTCC race car.

The new Focus WTCC Limited Edition is painted Arctic White combined with the traditional navy blue racing stripes. The model sits on a set of 18-inch Rimstock Pro Race wheels wrapped in 235/40ZR18 Yokohama Advan Sport tires. For the interior, Arena used lots of carbon fiber, including on the center console, main control panel and sill kick plates.

Under the hood, Arena installed a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine upgraded by the folks over at Mountune Performance. The engine now delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a Mountune short shifter. There is also a Powerflow exhaust system with a rear silencer and tail pipe that make the engine sound better than ever.

The Ford Focus WTCC Limited Edition will be built in limited edition and offered worldwide.

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