Fast Fords

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Used Car Focus Ford Focus II -

Fast Fords have al­ways had a strong fol­low­ing and when it came to the Fo­cus MKII the com­pany was only too keen to oblige.

Launched in 2005, the ST fea­tured a five-cylin­der, 2.5-litre Volvo en­gine that was tur­bocharged for 222bhp and a 0-60mph dash of 6.5-sec­onds. Iden­ti­fied by skirts, spoil­ers, and low­ered sus­pen­sion, it was also fit­ted with a ‘sound sym­poser’ to feed en­gine noise into the cabin. Next up was the RS that de­buted in 2009, pow­ered by a re­worked ver­sion of the ST’S mo­tor that fed 301bhp and 325lb ft of torque through the front wheels. In April 2010 the RS500 ar­rived – lim­ited to just 500 ex­am­ples, it fea­tured up­grades to in­let and ex­haust sys­tems and an en­gine remap that of­fered 345bhp. Painted only in matt black, it cost an eye-wa­ter­ing £35,000.

All three mod­els are tempt­ing to­day, with val­ues rang­ing from £5000-50,000, but care­ful buy­ing is es­sen­tial. Track day use raises the spec­tre of crash dam­age, a cast-iron ser­vice his­tory is es­sen­tial, and be es­pe­cially wary of mod­i­fied ex­am­ples – know­ing who did the work and how well it was done is im­por­tant.

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