Mountune has been doing naughty but nice things to Ford products for many years, and for its latest trick, it is giving a boost to the Focus ST diesel.
The m460D power upgrade kit comprises an OBDII flashing cable, dongle, performance calibration and – for some must-have car park kudos – a Mountune badge. The result: a 20hp power increase and an extra 37lb ft of torque to deliver figures of 205hp and 332lb ft.
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That torque figure nudges the Focus ST diesel to within 15lb ft of the fabled Focus RS. How’s that for some bragging rights?
Because 0-60mph times matter in the ST world, the Mountune kit sees the Focus diesel complete the sprint in 7.4 seconds – 0.7 seconds quicker than showroom version. Meanwhile, the 31-62mph time drops by 0.5 seconds.
David Moore, global brand manager at Mountune, said: “Mountune has been producing market-leading power upgrades for over a decade and this is the first time we’ve been able to unlock the potential in a ST diesel product.
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“The standard Focus ST diesel is a great base car, but with the m460D kit installed we’ve been able to make it smoother, quicker and generally even more fun to drive.”
The kit – which is only available for cars with a manual gearbox – costs £429 for DIY installation or £350 for installation at Mountune’s HQ in Brentwood, with the lower cost due to the fact that the do-it-yourself version requires an individual dongle and cable.
Buy a new Focus ST diesel, while stocks last
Although an all-new Focus is on the way, it’s still possible to order the outgoing Ford Focus ST diesel. In standard Race Red colour and trim, an ST-2 diesel with a manual ‘box costs £24,760, which is £1,000 lower than the standard retail price. The diesel version costs £25,860.
The ST-3 hatchback costs £27,810 in Race Red, but standard kit includes the excellent Recaro Windsor leather.