Want a Focus ST with some added oomph? We tried Mountune’s cure for that itch
Three word review: Fast, practical and torquesteery
The Ford Focus ST is no slouch with around 250bhp on tap. The thing is, we petrolheads will always crave more. These days there are a myriad of tuning companies capable of putting few more horses under the bonnet of your pride and joy but few can boast the backing of a major manufacturer such as Ford. Mountune can boast just that. Not only will they make the ST 25bhp richer but Ford will also honour the warranty.
So what do you get for the extra money? You get a large-capacity alloy intercooler (available powder coated Silver or Black – with optional logo), a Low-loss cast crossover duct with Samco silicone hose (again – available silver or powder coated black), Exclusive K&N air filter with removal end plug, Revised engine calibration and the all important Mountune Performance badge. This costs around £1250 (plus fitting) from your Ford dealer which seems pretty reasonable. This upgrade is available to new and used versions of the latest Focus ST.
Once upgraded, power increases to 275PS at 5500rpm and torque is raised to 400Nm at 2,750rpm. These improvements give performance returns of 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and drops the 31-62mph in-gear time to 4.9 seconds – 0.8 seconds quicker than in standard form. Now I can’t comment as to whether this is noticeable as there wasn’t a standard Focus ST available to benchmark against on the day.
Driving-wise the Focus ST Mountune remains much the same but there is one area that seems to be affected. The car seems to have much more noticeable torque-steer. Driven sensibly this shouldn’t be a problem but when seriously giving it the beans, the car seems pull more than the standard Focus ST.
Overall the changes to the Focus by Mountune seem to improve the package if added grunt is what you crave. The cost is reasonable and the fact that you keep your warranty and there are insurance companies that won’t sting you for adding the kit, makes it a tuning bargain. Unfortunately for me at least I would save the money and go with the standard Focus ST. It has more than enough get up and go and in Estate-guise is a desirable yet practical family performance car.