Even more power and more torque for the hot hatch!!!

Just five years ago, Mountune – a brand that specializes in tuning Focus, Fiesta, and Mustang models – released a sick upgrade for the 2011 Ford Focus RS that brought it up from 300 horsepower to around 345 horsepower. This was enough to make the previous-gen RS the equivalent of the Ford Focus RS500 at the time. Now, Ford Performance and Mountune have dropped a new upgrade package for the new Ford Focus RS and, while it doesn’t bring as much as the upgrade for the 2011 model, it does offer up an extra chunk of power that you want to have if you’re an RS owner – the few of you that have managed to take delivery of your hot hatch, that is.

Surprisingly, there isn’t a lot that goes into the upgrade. To start off, the car gets a new, high-performance air filter, followed by a bespoke alloy crossover duct with silicone hoses, an upgraded air re-circulation valve, and some revised tuning for the engine control unit (ECU.) The power increase is a decent 20 horsepower and 29.5 pound-feet of torque. It’s enough to drop the RS’ 0-to-60 mph sprint from 4.7 seconds to 4.5 seconds. And, as Ford so willingly pointed out, this makes the Focus RS quicker to 60 mph than the Porsche 911 Carrera – a model that costs more than double that of the Focus RS.

Tyrone Johnson, a Vehicle Engineering Manage for Ford Performance, said, “Ford has a proud history of working with Mountune to unleash even more power from our hot hatchbacks for dedicated performance enthusiasts. Boosting power to 375 PS launches the already class-leading Focus RS even further ahead of the field.”

For now, this package is only available in the U.K. where Ford has received upward of 4,600 orders since last September. It can be fitted by any Mountune-appointed dealer in just 1.5 hours and doesn’t void any of the factory warranties – a nice feature that comes along with the partnership between Mountune and Ford Performance. The package will set you back £899, or about $1,175 at current exchange rates. To break it down for you, that comes to about $48.95 per extra pony and $39.83 for each extra pound-foot of gut-wrenching torque.

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Why it Matters

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that Mountune and Ford Performance have already dropped a new performance upgrade for the Focus RS, but I am a little shocked that it’s coming in the middle of huge production problems that have customers waiting longer than expected to take delivery of the Focus RS they ordered months ago. The power and torque upgrade is nice, but it would be cool to see even more power and torque. Of course, it seems more like Ford just wanted to stick it to Porsche by making the RS just a bit quicker in the straight line to 60 mph. Then again, I’d love to see the 911 Carrera and the upgraded RS run a full quarter mile to see who really has the bragging rights but, for now, we’ll give Ford its 15 minutes in the spotlight.

On another note, we’ve seen what we believe to be the 2018 Ford Focus RS500 testing on the track. And, the release of this new performance upgrade for the RS raises a very interesting question: Is 370 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque something we can expect from the upcoming RS500? If the past is any indicator that is certainly a possibility, but what if Ford is planning something even better for the RS500? How about a cool 400 ponies and 420 pound-feet of torque? That would be a real nice set of numbers to see, and it would certainly put the RS500 toward the top of the food chain. For now, we don’t know if it is in the cards or not – Ford will probably disappoint on that front – but we can all hope, right?

Press Release

Ford announces official power-boosting Ford Performance by Mountune engine upgrade for all-new Focus RS that delivers up to 375 PS (370bhp) and 510 Nm of torque* ahead of Ford Fair, Silverstone
Focus RS equipped with upgrade sprints 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds – faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera costing more than twice as much
Co-developed by Ford Performance and Mountune, the component and software upgrade can be fitted by any Mountune-appointed Ford dealer and is covered by the Ford warranty
Acclaimed Focus RS introduced last year has received more than 4,600 orders in the UK
BRENTWOOD, Essex, Aug. 5, 2016 – Ford Focus RS customers can now further enhance the performance of the award-winning hot hatch, with the official Ford Performance by Mountune power upgrade package.

Co-developed by Ford Performance and race engine and road car performance specialist Mountune, the approved upgrade boosts peak power from the specially engineered Ford 2.3‑litre EcoBoost engine by 25 PS to 375 PS and peak torque by 40 Nm to 510 Nm using overboost.*

Equipped with the Ford Performance by Mountune power upgrade that is available in selected European markets and priced £899 for customers in the U.K., the Ford Focus RS achieves improved 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds – faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera with manual transmission costing more than double the Focus RS list price. Top speed remains 165 mph.

“Ford has a proud history of working with Mountune to unleash even more power from our hot hatchbacks for dedicated performance enthusiasts,” said Tyrone Johnson, vehicle engineering manager, Ford Performance. “Boosting power to 375 PS launches the already class-leading Focus RS even further ahead of the field.”

The Ford Performance by Mountune kit for Focus RS includes a high-performance air filter, bespoke alloy crossover duct with high-performance silicone hoses, an upgraded air re-circulation valve and revised software tuning for the engine ECU.

Any Mountune-appointed Ford dealer will be able to fit the upgrade in 1.5 hours and it is fully compatible with the Ford warranty, meaning Ford Performance by Mountune Focus RS vehicles continue to be covered against mechanical failure – for example for three years or 60,000 miles in the U.K. from the original date of purchase.

Ford has received more than 4,600 UK orders for the Focus RS since last September. The high-performance hatchback pioneers innovative Ford Performance All Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring for a new level of handling, grip and cornering speed. Selectable Drive Modes – including an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts – and Launch Control feature on the RS model for the first time.

The Focus RS has received numerous awards and accolades, including:

Hot Hatch of the Year – Auto Express magazine
2016 Car of the Year – Top Gear magazine
Car of the Year – 2016 Vehicle Dynamics International Awards
Engineer of the Year: Focus RS chief engineer Tyrone Johnson – Autocar Awards
Developed by Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the U.S., the Focus RS delivers 350 PS and 4.7 second 0-62 mph acceleration in standard form.

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