Official Mountune upgrade makes Ford's hot hatchback more competitive against key rivals from Vauxhall, Seat and Volkswagen
Darren Moss
5 October 2015

Ford has released an official engine upgrade for the Focus ST, taking power output from the car's 2.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine from 247bhp to 271bhp.

The upgrade, which comes from engine tuner Mountune, costs £1195 and takes two hours to fit at a main Ford dealer. The upgrade includes a new large capacity intercooler and air filter, as well as remapped software. As well as increasing maximum power, the upgrade also improves torque from 254lb ft to 295lb ft at 2750rpm.

Read our full review on the Ford Focus ST, as we put the hot hatch through its paces

Ford hasn't revealed how the upgrade affects the car's 0-62mph sprint time or top speed - which currently stands at 6.5 seconds and 154mph respectively. The upgrade makes the Focus ST more evenly matched against key rivals like the 276bhp Seat Leon Cupra, the Vauxhall Astra VXR and the 296bhp Volkswagen Golf R.

Ford's UK sales director Kevin Griffin said the Mountune upgrade would allow Focus ST owners "to experience even more impressive performance, while offering the reassurance that the upgrade will not affect warranties."

Mountune already produces upgrade kits for the Fiesta ST - giving the hot hatchback 212bhp from its 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Prices for the regular Focus ST start at £22,495.

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5 October 2015
Given the standard STs issue with tyre and brake fade more power should make it an interesting experience.....

5 October 2015
Emissions is topical. Any news on that, or will customers really not be bothered? Will it affect taxation/CO2 class?

6 October 2015
autocar wrote:

Ford's UK sales director Kevin Griffin said the Mountune upgrade would allow Focus ST owners "to experience even more impressive performance, while offering the reassurance that the upgrade will not affect warranties."

Reassurance! Ford's only come with a one year warranty. Perhaps Autocar should ask Kevin Griffin why their salespeople tell you it's 3 year, their website tells you it's 3 year, their sales brouchures tell you it's 3 year, their website listswhat's not included (obvious stuff like servicable items) yet as any Ford owner will tell you, go to a Ford dealership when items fall off their car due to faultly workmanship or known faults occur, or corrosion appears after 12 months and Ford's standard line is "That's not covered after 1 year". Why not ask Kevin Griffin where his warranty states such things are not covered.

6 October 2015
scotty5 wrote:
autocar wrote:

Ford's UK sales director Kevin Griffin said the Mountune upgrade would allow Focus ST owners "to experience even more impressive performance, while offering the reassurance that the upgrade will not affect warranties."

Reassurance! Ford's only come with a one year warranty. Perhaps Autocar should ask Kevin Griffin why their salespeople tell you it's 3 year, their website tells you it's 3 year, their sales brouchures tell you it's 3 year, their website listswhat's not included (obvious stuff like servicable items) yet as any Ford owner will tell you, go to a Ford dealership when items fall off their car due to faultly workmanship or known faults occur, or corrosion appears after 12 months and Ford's standard line is "That's not covered after 1 year". Why not ask Kevin Griffin where his warranty states such things are not covered.

It's been like that for many many years. Fords warranty terms are available on their website and have been for years too.

Buyer beware!

In truth, many UK cars come with a 1 or 2 year manufacturer warranty. The third year is dealer or importer backed

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