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Jan 31, 2015 - 6:06 AM - by stDan

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Ford Focus RS Mountune FPM375 (2017) review

Jun 14, 2017 - 4:52 AM - by Paolo
Published:12 June 2017


Think back to the last time you saw a fast Ford — bet it wasn’t standard, was it? There’s something about the Blue Oval badge that gets even the most mechanically shy motorist researching stainless steel cat-backs and coilover suspension.

That’s all well and good when you’re tinkering with a 10-year-old Fiesta, but it’s not as easy to make with the spanners under the bonnet of a brand new car, particularly one you’ve bought on finance.

Helping modern Ford drivers scratch their tuner-itch is performance parts company Mountune. They could tweak the last Fiesta, if you’ll remember rightly, without affecting your warranty. And now they’ve done the same with the Focus RS.

Ford Focus RS Mountune FPM375 sounds like the model number on my dishwasher…

It’s not a particularly evocative acronym but you’ll like what it stands for — Ford Performance Mountune, with the 375 relating to the new power output in metric horsepower.

If you can find £899 and a dealer willing to fit it (waiting lists are expected to be quite long) the upgrade will liberate an extra 24bhp and 30lb ft of torque from the standard car, bringing you even closer to the more expensive Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Audi RS 3.

It comprises a high-performance air filter, Mountune-branded crossover duct, uprated recirculation valve and most importantly a re-flashed ECU. Best of all, you get to keep Ford’s three year/60,000 mile warranty.

What difference does it make?

For a start the 0-62mph time drops by two tenths to 4.5 seconds, which is a decent upgrade, but the standard car already feels very quick so don’t expect an extra VTEC-style shove in the back.

What it does do is make the car feel more responsive at lower revs, with a sharper throttle and more progressive feel to the power delivery. The torque seems more liberally spread out, and the car feels even less turbo’d as a result.

However, the biggest difference to our ears was the new noises the Mountune makes — the turbo noise is much more present, sucking in great big gulps of air and dumping them aggressively between... [Read More]
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Ford Focus RS review: Hyper hatch

Jun 14, 2017 - 4:45 AM - by Paolo
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June 13th, 2017

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Ford spent a lot of time building hype before it launched the Focus RS, not that it really needed to. The promise of a new RS is always enough to get the motoring press all giddy with excitement, let alone one with drift mode and a rabid turbocharged engine. Surely no car could actually live up to that much hype — could it? After a week behind the wheel, we finally have the answer.

The pumped up Focus RS is a true hyper hatch
The big wing on the back of the RS is another hint at its potential
The engine in the Focus RS is lifted from the Mustang EcoBoost
The Focus RS might have mundane origins, but a rabid engine and crazy four wheel drive...

Before we get into the Focus RS, it's worth taking a quick walk down memory lane. The two letters "RS" don't mean much in most cases, but painting them bright blue and putting them on the back of a small Ford is a surefire way to get any petrol head fired up. Fans of the old days of rallying — think Group B — will remember the RS200 Evolution, and car thieves from the mid-1980s will look fondly back on the Sierra RS500 Cosworth. Sure, the rear wing was stupid and the mechanicals didn't initially stand up to the rigors of touring car racing, but it still has a cult following.

The last Focus RS was a five-cylinder monster, putting power to the front wheels through a fiendishly complex RevoKnuckle suspension system. The Mk1 Focus RS blew its rivals away with a (then) whopping 212 hp (158 kW) from its turbocharged four-cylinder, too. The latest car comes from a line of legendary hot hatches. Maintaining pedigree like that is a seriously tough job, but the Ford reckons the latest, hottest Focus is up to the task.

On paper, the latest Focus RS has all the right moves to meet lofty expectations. Ford has raided the Mustang parts bin and slotted the turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder into the smaller, lighter Focus engine bay. But where the entry-level pony car gets just 310 hp (233 kW) and 432 Nm, it pumps out a much healthier 350 hp (261 kW) of power... [Read More]
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BMW M2 Pure v Ford Focus RS v Porsche 718 Boxster S

Jun 14, 2017 - 4:15 AM - by Paolo
By Andy EnrightJun 12, 2017


A celebration of 2016’s most wanted’ was the brief, and on the face of it you can see why.

The Ford Focus RS, BMW M2 Pure and Porsche 718 Boxster S don’t look like natural cross-shopping candidates, the Porsche costing almost three times the price of the Focus, but at some point between the Wheels office and the hills surrounding Eildon, the brief went out the window. Things became competitive.

Some commonalities first. All three are German-built, sport a stick and three pedals, and come with heavily turbocharged powerplants.

Beyond that, this divergent trio of hatch, coupe and roadster generate a host a questions for the keen driver. Can a hot hatch really level with a clean-sheet sports car on give-and-take roads? Has switching to four cylinders killed the Boxster’s charisma? Does the M2 live up to its billing as the best M car since the E46 M3 CSL? And behind these considerations, a bigger issue to chew on: Have we already peaked? Are these cars less charismatic, less tactile and less enjoyable than their celebrated forebears?

WE’RE somewhere on the road from Eildon to Jamieson. Nobody knows quite where because the mountain ash is so dense that the sat-navs have given up and we’ve lost count of the hundreds of bends draped over these hills for kilometres each way.

At this time of the evening, the highland rainforest is damp and deafeningly quiet. A breeze ruffles the treetops and then you hear it, a distant fusillade followed by a louder crack that rolls and caroms around the basin, raising birds from the canopy.

There are the rising and falling timbres of engines, the rat-a-tat of a rev-limiter being butted, the volume sliders being eased higher and higher. There are no operatic harmonies here; the sounds are discordant, thrashing and angry.

Suddenly the noise meter is pinned as the Focus explodes into view, great lungfuls of air suffering blunt-force trauma as they’re bludgeoned into the Ford’s induction system. The pinpricks of Porsche LEDs follow, the sports exhaust set to full shock-and-awe flak cannon. Then the M2, more... [Read More]
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