A boost in performance is usually on top of any gearhead’s wish list. This is one reason cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and the Ford Focus ST exist. These sports sedans are more than enough for speed junkies--not to mention the daily grind--but there are still those who want a bit more oomph.
This is pretty much what Ford Performance was thinking when it rolled out the Mountune upgrade kit for the Focus ST. The already potent ST variant develops 252hp and 366Nm from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Add the performance bits of the MP275 kit, and you’ve got upgraded ratings of 275hp and 401Nm--all from the same 2.0-liter lump.
While this can also be achieved by aftermarket add-ons, the Ford Performance kit allows tuners to have the same results without sacrificing reliability--a downside of most tuning jobs. That’s because the performance ECU is designed to deliver more aggressive engine mapping and quicker throttle response, without doing any harm to the engine’s internals. Think of it as a sanctioned upgrade because it won’t void your warranty.
How did Ford Performance come up with such a power boost? The basic components that will be added to the engine include Mountune induction kit, Mountune high-flow intercooler, Mountune mTune handset, and various installation hardware. You can even add a Mountune air filter and cap to the system to protect your precious motor, not to mention lessen the sound this beast may create. Either way, you still get awesome power and everyday drivability.
The kit is only available for the Focus ST and the Fiesta in the US, which again makes us wonder why Ford Philippines hasn't introduced these performance options in our market.