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First drive: the 271bhp Mountune Ford Focus ST MP275

Sep 21, 2015 - 8:36 AM - by ST2Focus
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by Ollie Marriage, 21 Sep 2015

This isn’t the new Ford Focus RS…

No, it isn’t. Instead it’s the car to have if you absolutely have to have the fastest Ford hatch that’s available right now.

It’s a Focus ST with the optional Mountune pack. You should care about this, because it’s affordable and fully warrantied, and when Mountune offered this pack on the old five-cylinder ST it created a car that was pretty remarkable.

Same again, then?

I’d love to say so, but the gains made to the four cylinder engine are less noteworthy. While the old five-cylinder went from 222bhp to 256bhp and gained 59lb ft of torque, the four-pot only gets an extra 24bhp and 45lb ft over the 247bhp and 250lb ft boggo ST.

Not a vast difference between old and new…

True, but there was always this rumour with the old Mountune Focus ST that the claims were rather conservative and it was actually pumping out a fair bit more.

And even if that wasn’t true, it felt true. The old Mountune felt notably more rapid than a standard ST. This one…


Bang on. The power delivery is the same, strong and broad across the range with little reason to hang on to the redline, and because the noise isn’t markedly different (despite the addition of an induction kit), you don’t get much impression that things have changed.

The standard ST is fast and responsive, and, er, so’s this one. Maybe a fraction rortier up front, but that’s about it.

What about when you get on a good road?

While just clogging the Mountune ST in a straight line in third gear isn’t that informative of any changes, sending it down a twisting road with cambers, curves, dips and all the rest does reveal a difference: more torque steer.

Ooh, bad thing.

Not necessarily, just something you need to work around, which you can by being more circumspect with the throttle. And the tugging through the steering is of the persistent-yet-controllable variety, rather than... [Read More]
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The August 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is Red!

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:15 AM - by wicked

The August 2015 Ford Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than Red! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and to everyone who voted. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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The July 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is eglove!

Aug 01, 2015 - 2:10 AM - by wicked

The July 2015 ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than eglove with this spectacular shot!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit photos and to thoss who voted!

We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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2015 Ford Focus ST review (Car and Driver)

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:12 PM - by ST2Focus
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A better car with worse tires.

Jun 2015, By K.C. COLWELL

All-season tires are a North American phenomenon; virtually nowhere else in the world do cars run on a single set of tires year-round when the climate can get cold enough for snow. Instead, drivers in those markets run summer tires when the weather is favorable and switch to winter rubber for the colder months.

In the U.S., however, all Focus STs prior to the 2015 refresh bucked the trend by coming factory-fitted with summer-only rubber, which apparently left a lot of northern buyers miffed about having to fork over a grand or more in late fall so as to not get stuck after a light dusting of white stuff. (While the investment may seem big at the time, running winter tires makes your summer set last longer overall and you’ll have much better grip for turning and braking when the weather turns. That’s our short pitch on winter tires. Give them a try if you haven’t already.) Ford heeded the gripes and decided to offer an all-season tire as a $30 option for the performance-oriented ST hatchback; this coincided with an update that brought mildly restyled front and rear ends, minor interior revisions, and upgraded infotainment tech.

Because rubber compounds tend to work best when formulated for a specific temperature range, all-season tires have compromised grip in warm and cold conditions, hence the playful “no-season tire” nickname they’ve earned in some circles. The results of our two grip-centric tests—lateral acceleration and braking—show a dramatic decline in dry grip with the new Pirelli P Zero Nero All-Season tires fitted to our test car versus the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 summer rubber (both are sized 235/40R-18 all around). Braking from 70 mph to a stop consumes 186 feet, about 20 more than other STs we’ve tested, and lateral acceleration dips to 0.87 g, a decrease of about 0.07 g. For perspective on what’s been lost, consider that the Honda Accord Sport betters the ST’s braking by 11 feet and ties it for lateral grip. While the Accord is sporty for a family sedan, most of its sportiness comes by... [Read More]
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The June 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is LimeyYankee!

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:09 PM - by wicked

The June 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than LimeyYankee! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit photos and to those who voted.

We'll do this again in 2 weeks so stay tuned!
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Ford Performance will Unveil New Engine-Swapped Focus @ Ford Nationals

Jun 04, 2015 - 5:01 PM - by NickJ

Big things have been afoot in the labs up in Dearborn. The Ford Performance Team has been working on a new project that is set to be unveiled this weekend at the Ford Nationals in Carlisle, PA. They have been channeling their inner Dr. Frankenstein to create a Focus that has the heart of a Lincoln MKC.

They tossed the stock 2.0L I4 engine and shoehorned the 2.3L I4 Ecoboost into the skin of the Focus. Our source within the Ford Performance group said, "A large amount of modularity exists between the 2.0L and 2.3L Ecoboost engines. The 2.3L engine offers a lot of 'bang for the buck', as seen in the 2015 Mustang. We see potential in offering the 2.3L engine for both front and rear wheel drive applications."

They were able to utilize a "crate motor" for this project and may, in the future, pursue crate motors as a possible outlet for their performance customers. They were able to work closely with Mountune on this project as well. Mountune could become a boutique provider for engine swaps in the future because of this collaboration.

The details were provided on this engine swap and it seems like most versed motor heads could complete this project.

There are (4) custom parts required for this engine swap.
  • 1) An exhaust adapter to mate the 2.0L catalyst assembly with the 2.3L turbocharger.
  • 2) A revised catalyst bracket that supports the catalyst assembly.
  • 3) An oil filter adapter plate to mate the 2.0L oil filter adapter to the 2.3L cylinder block.
  • 4) A coolant degas line with tee to mate the 2.0L degas line with the 2.3L engine.
  • There are other parts that are swapped from the 2.0L engine to the 2.3L engine, however they
... [Read More]
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The May 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is trackhermit!

May 31, 2015 - 1:37 PM - by wicked

The May 2015 Focus ST of the Month contest (Suspension & Exhaust) winner is none other than trackhermit! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit photos and videos and to those who voted.

We'll do this again in 2 weeks so stay tuned!
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