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Fancy a faster Fiesta ST? There’s an app for that

Ford Fiesta ST Mountune M225

If you fancy a little more power from your Ford Fiesta ST, Mountune has the answer. Its new M225 upgrade sees the peak power increased from 200hp to 225hp, reducing the 0-60mph time from 6.5 seconds to “below the 6-second mark”.

But that’s not all, because Mountune has also unveiled an MTune Smartflash app, which allows users to install and update vehicle calibrations from their smartphone. 

Using nothing but the app and a supplied Bluetooth OBD interface, Fiesta ST owners can tweak the car to their needs as well as updating their vehicle to the latest calibrations directly from Mountune. 

The pack includes the OBD adapter, MTune Smartflash app, three calibrations (Performance, Stock and Anti-Theft), high-flow induction kit, Mountune badge and zip-up shell cars. It costs £662.50, or £479.16 for owners who have already upgraded their induction kit.

Switch modes in just two minutes

Fiesta Mountune badge

“Smartflash makes it incredibly easy for our customers to switch between vehicle calibrations in as little as two minutes, just using their phone,” said David Moore, director of Mountune Performance.

“It adds a new level of convenience and functionality to our packages and embodies our forward-thinking approach to vehicle performance upgrades. The new Fiesta ST is the perfect platform to launch this DIY-friendly, pioneering technology. No laptop, no wires, no handsets – no problem!”

The Fiesta ST’s peak power is boosted to 225hp, while torque is increased from 213lb ft to 250lb ft, with Mountune claiming that with the upgrade, the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine delivers torque earlier and across the rev range.

In Performance mode, the Fiesta ST M225 delivers a more aggressive launch control strategy and enhanced audible exhaust output in Sport and Track modes. Stock mode returns the Fiesta to its standard configuration, while Anti-Theft fully immobilises the vehicle.

Mountune Ford Fiesta ST

“With M225 and our innovative new Smartflash system, owners can safely increase the performance of the Fiesta ST with unprecedented ease,” added David.

“With that almost instantaneous delivery of torque the ST really comes alive, but you also have peace of mind in knowing that this is an engineered upgrade. As with all Mountune packages, the M225 has undergone extensive performance and durability testing with all safety parameters retained.

“This is not just the best upgrade for the Fiesta ST, it is also the most robust.”

‘The faster you drive, the better you drive’

Ford Fiesta STWe have little doubt that the Mountune upgrade will add another layer of enjoyment to the Fiesta ST. Of the standard car, our man Richard Aucock said: “You can perhaps by now tell we think the Fiesta ST is a class act.

“It sounds a bit like a Porsche 911 and drives even more like one, exuding immense depth and connoisseur’s breeding. The faster you drive, the better you drive, the more it gives back – while doing all the regular Ford Fiesta stuff like being compact in town, easy to handle and comfortable to drive daily.

“The new Ford Fiesta ST really is that good. Five stars? You bet. After this first drive, if we could give it six, we would…”

Time to give the Mountune upgrade a spin, Richard? We can think of 225 reasons why this might be a good idea.

You can buy a Mountune racing-style gearbox for your Ford Focus

Mountune sequential gearbox

Mountune is dealer-sanctioned Ford tuning company, happy to turn your hot hatch into a Porsche-bothering beast. And now, racing-style gearboxes are on the menu.

Owners of Mk2 Focus models (primarily the ST and RS) as well as some Volvos, can buy a new Quaife QKE45Z sequential transmission to add a touch of rally magic to their modern classic.

The gear set retains the original bell housing, so it shouldn’t be too expensive an upgrade. Changes include a strengthened outer casing, a custom breather as well as, obviously, the gears themselves and shifter. The gears are also thicker for added strength. You can get Geartronic ignition cut for flat-shifting, too…

Mountune sequential gearbox

Anything with the Ford M66 transmission can be upgraded, including more powerful Mk2 Focus models, as well as some Volvo C30, S40, V50, S60, C70 and V70 cars. For everything other than a Ford Focus RS, Mountune recommends you get a limited-slip diff for good measure. The RS came with one out of the box. 

“We are excited to bring Mk2 Focus owners the quick and consistent Quaife sequential gearbox they’ve always wanted, available exclusively through Mountune,” said David Moore, director of Mountune Performance.

“It provides a great performance upgrade over the standard manual shifter and feels extremely engaging as a driver. It’s always exciting to provide our customers with the opportunity to transform and enhance the way their cars drive, and this is no exception.”

Mountune sequential gearbox

It’s a comfort to us that a company as ‘official’ as Mountune is still looking at older cars.

Could we see it take on ‘Singer’ style classic fast Ford builds in the future? Now, wouldn’t that be something…

You could have 400hp for £595… if you already have a Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS Mountune

Own a third-generation Ford Focus RS? Fancy having power levels underfoot not alien to Ferraris from 20 years ago? Look no further than Mountune, the warrantied skunkworks performance division that can bestow a third-gen Focus RS with 400hp. Better yet, it’ll sell you that power for £595.

Two upgrade packages are available. Both the M400R and M400X do what they say on the tin – deliver 400hp in a Ford Focus RS. The M400R package takes over where the M400 left off and the M400X allows that figure using the RS’s standard turbocharger.

While delivering 400hp, the R package also allows alternative calibrations for increased usability and functionality. Two new maps make for a well-rounded proposition. In total, the 400R, OEM, fuel economy and valet mode are featured. You can also adjust your RPM limit, launch control set points, flat shifting and dyno mode. You can adjust your valet and anti-theft modes and can easily retrofit custom gauges and data-logging.

M400X takes all of the above, with even better-optimised power and torque curves, improving response and mid-range performance.

Both packages, as aforementioned, weigh in at just £595. Those with pre-existing Mountune handsets can get the new software online and update their machines for added functionality on their driveway… for free.

Ford Focus RS Mountune

What’s the catch? Well, Mountune is fairly insistent that there is some extra hardware required “to ensure the RS achieves the desired performance safely”.

“The Focus RS is a fantastic vehicle to drive and the platform responds extremely well to our performance upgrades,” explains David Moore, director of Mountune Performance.

“With these two kits, the power and torque are now exceptional both in quantity and delivery. This is particularly true of M400X which turns the RS into something truly phenomenal. We are also proud to provide legacy M400 owners with a free upgrade to M400R. This will give them additional features and functionality and demonstrates the commitment we make to providing the best for our loyal customers.”