Since it went on sale earlier this year, the Focus ST has enjoyed favourable reviews from all those who have driven it. The slick 6-speed manual gearbox is a joy to use, the chassis and suspension work together to create an incredibly flexible ride, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine is a revelation, offering the fun of a high revving naturally aspirated engine with the mid-range potential of a diesel.
As standard, the Focus ST has 247 bhp and 265 lb /ft of torque.
That’s enough to get the standard car from 0 – 62 mph in just 6.5 seconds. Now, that’s plenty quick, but if you want your hot hatch to go even faster, consider the £1,275 Mountune kit.
The Mountune kit is a warranty friendly upgrade that is installed by Ford. It features a new, larger intercooler that sits in front of the radiator, as well as a cast alloy air inlet duct that’s fitted on top of the car’s engine – what’s more, Ford fit an up-rated air filter and the ECU gets remapped.
The result? The Ford Focus ST Mountune boasts 271 bhp and 295 lb /ft of torque (or 400 nm, whichever sounds best). That’s a considerable upgrade over the standard power output.
Due to this, the cars 0 – 62 mph time is slashed by five tenths of a second to 6 seconds flat, and economy remains around the same – 39.2 mpg on a combined cycle.
On the move is where the Mountune kit comes to life. The standard Focus ST is a very brisk machine, hurling you down the road at a respectable pace, but the Mountune Focus ST takes this to a whole new level. The first thing you notice is the torque – in-gear, this car is savage. the 295 lb /ft is available low down in the rev range and as such, the ST doesn’t need to be revved to within an inch of its life to get going. As an example, the Ford Focus from Macklin Motors Glasgow which is a regular ST isn’t anywhere near as thrilling as the Mountune version.
Do rev it, though, and you’ll be treated to a fantastic sound track and the car will stretch its legs and hurl you down the road at a pace that’s frankly instance for a family hatchback.
At speed, the Focus is a great cruiser – it’s as refined as a Ford Mondeo, but it’s considerably sharper to drive and of course, it’s much quicker than any factory Mondeo too.
Oh, and remember, the Focus has five doors, a spacious interior, a big boot, excellent ride quality, excellent residuals, and to top it off, great road presence. Is this the ultimate family hot hatch?
I think it is… (sorry, VW, but the Ford Focus ST Mountune is just a steal).