2016 Ford Focus ST by Cinemotive Media
This decade has been a good one for car enthusiasts, and the hot hatch market seems to be thriving with models like the new Honda Civic Hatch, Honda Civic Si, Lexus CT, Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza hatch all fighting for attention from hatchback enthusiasts across the globe. In the past couple of years Ford has also made huge strides in the hatch market with the crazy Ford Focus RS, and it’s slightly tamer brethren the Focus ST. The Focus RS has a 350-horsepower monster of a four-banger that is borrowed from the EcoBoost Mustang, but the Focus ST makes use of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. In stock form, the Focus ST produces a fair 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. While a lot of tuners are jumping on the Focus RS tuning wagon, other brands like Cinemotive Media have decided to take the tamed Focus ST and inject a little bit of wild into its DNA.
How wild does it get? Well, this specific model has been given a good handful of modifications with parts from Mountune that are guaranteed to help the Focus ST produce more power, followed by some suspension work, a new set of wheels, a performance brake system, a fresh livery with some mild exterior modifications, and just a touch of interior finessing to make this little hatch stand out in a crowd of many.
With that said, it looks like this Focus ST is all about going as opposed to showing, so let’s dive on into the all the greasy details before we’re stuck looking at a set of taillights as it drives off into the sunset.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus ST by Cinemotive Media.
2016 Ford Focus ST by Cinemotive Media
Exterior modifications were kept to a minimum, with the most noticeable thing being the Axalta Cromax Pro paint finish that appears to be a semi-gloss blue in the image we have here. Of course, seeing it in person could expose a very glossy finish. To go with the custom paint finish is a set of side extensions that attach to the side skirts and should help provide just a hint of downforce. Then there’s the front splitter that has been added onto the stock fascia up front. This too will help provide downforce but also serves to give the car a more menacing appearance. Cinemotive Media says there is also a rear diffuser included as part of the package, however, only one image has been released so we’ll have to take their word for it – at least for now anyway. On top of this, the wheel arches have been accented with a new set of SS Tuning fender flares that help to link the entire body kit together and give the car a harmonious look. On the other hand, without those fender flares, those extra wide, 18-inch wheels would look a little goofy sticking out from the wheel arches so far.
Note: Standard Ford Focus ST interior shown here.
So far, we have yet to see the interior of this buff little Focus ST, but according to the press release that accompanied the first image, the interior has been fitted with an SS Tuning Dry Carbon steering wheel as well as an SS Tuning Carbon shift knob. The company also made reference to that car having “Scosche Audio.” As far as what that means for sure, we can’t say, but Scosche has been a long-time supplier of aftermarket car radio mounts and harness adapters that make installing an aftermarket radio fairly simple with a little bit of basic electric and audio know-how. In recent years, however, the company has branched out and offers its own series of Amplifiers ranging from 400 to 800 Watts, as well as a number of subwoofers. Considering the fact that we’re talking about a Focus, it’s likely that “Scosche Audio” refers to the addition of one or two powered subwoofers (subwoofer, amp, and box all built into one) Of course, we’ll learn more about this, as well as any other interior modifications, once the car makes it’s official debut in just a couple of days at SEMA. Stay tuned for updates in that respect.
Drivetrain and Chassis
According to Cinemotive, this Focus St has been given a Mountune MR300 performance upgrade. This includes a front mount intercooler, intercooler piping, high-flow air induction kit, cat back exhaust with a new downpipe, and Mtune tuning. Looking at Mountune’s website the MR300 upgrade kit for the Focus ST that runs nearly $3,600. So, power output should be increased to at least 300 ponies and 300 pound-feet from the stock offering of 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet. Obviously, this is just speculation as we don’t know the downright specifics of the kit, but we’ll be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Shifting duties are handled by the same six-speed manual transmission that is offered as standard equipment.
Putting the power to the pavement is a set of ADV10R Track Spec CD Series 18-inch wheels that are an insane 10-inches wide and held in place by a full set of Titanium lug nuts from ADV.1
Cinemotive didn’t just stop with that rather extensive upgrade to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, either. Responsible for dropping the overall ride height by at least an inch is a BC Racing, BR Series coilover suspension kit to go with a pair of Cinemotive Garage rear camber arms, the latter of which is probably a necessity to ensure an equal height drop between the front and rear axles. Putting the power to the pavement is a set of ADV10R Track Spec CD Series 18-inch wheels that are an insane 10-inches wide and held in place by a full set of Titanium lug nuts from ADV.1. Those wheels are wrapped in a pair of Falken Azenis RT616K 245/40-series 18-inch tires. To keep the extra power under control, this Focus has been fitted with a set of Baer, six-piston brake calipers, and 13-inch rotors. All told, it’s not too bad of a set up for an entry-level hatch.
So, there you have it. It’s not quite as wild as its more powerful brother the RS, but 300 horses isn’t exactly anything to giggle about either. On top of that, the power upgrade offered from Mountune’s MR300 performance upgrade kit should, in theory, bring a regular Focus ST up to par with what the upcoming ST280 will offer. With that said, if you were holding out for the ST280, you might as well find yourself a nice, gently-used Focus ST and spending the $3,600 on the MR300 performance kit – you’ll likely get a little extra power out of the upgrade as opposed to going with a new ST280 while saving a little bit of your hard-earned cheddar as well. As for this particular show car, the exterior enhancements give it that extra edge that the non-RS focus is missing, with those fender flares adding an insane amount of character to the overall design and profile of the Focus ST. I must say, I’m pretty impressed with what Cinemotive has done here.