View Full Version : Power boosting packs for Fiesta ST and Focus ST could be offered in Australia.

19th July 2013, 09:13 PM
Buyers of Ford hot-hatches could soon be able to amp up the power by way of a factory-backed performance upgrade.

The Fiesta ST and existing Focus ST may soon be available with a Mountune performance enhancing kit, which significantly ups the amount of power and pace from the blue oval models.

The upgrade for the Fiesta ST - the regular version of which launches here in September - sees its 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine churn out 158kW and 320Nm, a sizeable jump from its regular 132kW/290Nm outputs.

The power increases are courtesy of more freeflowing air intake and tweaks to the carís ECU, which make it able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, 0.2s quicker than the standard model.

Advertisement The Focus ST with the Mountune enhancement pack produces 202kW and 400Nm from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an 18kW and 40Nm boost over the standard car that brings its maximum torque figure into line with the manic Opel Astra OPC.

The pack includes a new alloy intercooler, air filter and alloy inlet duct, and cuts the Focus STís 0-100km/h sprint time from 7.0s to 5.95s.

"Itís something weíre looking at locally but at this stage itís too early to put any timings on when it will be available," McDonald says.

"Clearly though itís something that would appeal to some of our Ford performance hatch customers," he says.

In the past, Ford Australia has been reluctant to offer performance enhancement kits, even from affiliated go-fast brands, due to concerns over effects on the new car warranty.

Itís likely that any decision on the performance parts for Australian cars will be made sometime in 2014.

In Europe the upgrades are reasonably priced. The Fiesta kit is priced just under $1000, and the Focus kit is about $2000.


19th July 2013, 09:17 PM
Europe’s Mountune power upgrades for Focus ST and Fiesta ST under consideration for Australia

Ford Australia has confirmed it’s keen to make available two new ‘Mountune’ official performance upgrade kits released yesterday in Europe for the Focus ST and upcoming Fiesta ST.

The Focus ST was launched in Australia last October priced at $38,290 plus on-road costs and powered by a 184kW/340Nm 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol engine that accelerates it to 100km/h in a claimed 6.5 seconds.

When fitted with the new Mountune power-up kit, however, peak engine performance increases to about 205kW and a hefty 400Nm of torque, slashing its 0-100km/h acceleration pace by more than half a second to just 5.95 seconds, making it even quicker than Ford’s legendary Sierra Cosworth RS500.

More importantly, it also reduces fourth-gear acceleration from 50 to 100km/h by eight-tenths to just 4.9 seconds.

Ford of Europe says the Mountune upgrade, which becomes available in the UK from September, makes the Focus ST more powerful than a Porsche Boxster, which costs more than two and a half times more than the standard Focus ST in Australia.

More realistically, the Mountune kit sees the Focus ST’s outputs eclipse those of both the current VW Golf GTI (155kW/280kW) and Golf R (188kW/330Nm), resulting in 0-100km/h performance that all but matches the top-shelf Golf (5.9 seconds manual, 5.7 seconds DSG).

Based on a UK starting price of just £1225 ($A2025), however, the Mountune-equipped Focus would still be cheaper than an equivalent five-door Golf GTI (from $40,490) and almost $10,000 cheaper than the Golf R (from $49,990).

Similarly, the Mountune-kitted Fiesta ups performance to 160kW and 320Nm, enabling it to sprint to 100km/h in a claimed 6.7 seconds – two-tenths faster than the standard Fiesta ST, which goes on sale here in late August – and from 50 to 100km/h seven-tenths quicker in 5.7 seconds.

Ford says that at £599 ($A990), the Mountune-kitted Fiesta ST still costs less than its most direct rivals in the Renault Clio RS ($36,490) and Peugeot 208 GTI (on sale here early next month), although it’s unlikely to undercut VW’s Polo GTI (from $27,990).

Asked if Ford Australia was considering offering the Mountune kits locally, Brand Communications Manager Neil McDonald told motoring.com.au: “Yes, it’s something we’re investigating for Australia but it’s early days yet.

“But given that both Fiesta ST and Focus ST are global models there’s a great opportunity to provide such performance tuning options for Ford enthusiasts in Australia.”

However, we understand Ford still needs to jump a number of local hurdles, including Australian Design Rule homologation and factory warranty provisions.

In Europe, the kits are fully compatible with Ford’s new-vehicle warranty, meaning both Mountune-modified vehicles remain covered for mechanical failure for three years or 60,000 miles from the date of purchase.

Ford says the Mountune kit can be fitted to the Fiesta ST in less than an hour at any of the UK’s 120 Mountune-appointed Ford dealers, while the Focus ST kit takes up to 90 minutes to fit.

Produced by race engine and road-car performance specialist Mountune, the performance upgrades were developed for Ford at Germany’s Nurburgring, as an accompanying YouTube video shows.

The Focus ST Mountune upgrade comprises a cast alloy inlet duct and larger alloy intercooler (both with silver or black powder-coat finish), high-flow air-filter element and unique ECU calibration, while the Fiesta ST upgrade includes a remodeled airbox base with secondary inlet duct, high-flow filter element and unique calibration.

“We worked hand-in-hand with Ford engineers to deliver what we believe is the best bang-for-buck value on the market,” said Mountune Marketing Manager David Moore.