Ford plans to use the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas to highlight several of its newest cars, and today the automaker previewed five versions of the 2013 Ford Focus ST that will bow at SEMA. The cars all use Focus ST'S 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and six-speed manual transmission as a starting point -- but several of the tuner companies took the EcoBoost powertrain up a few notches.
Like the modified Ford Fusions previously previewed, most of the SEMA-bound Focuses have garish new visual components. Tanner Foust Racing, lead by the eponymous rally drive and X-Games gold medalist, began by adding a new air intake and a Magnaflow exhaust for more horsepower, coupled with adjustable suspension for improved handling. Along with a new front splitter and rear spoiler, the modified 2013 Ford Focus ST is supposed to be a "competent weekend track warrior" that can also serve as a day-to-day commuter car.
Bojix Design didn't add any straight-line performance to their 2013 Ford Focus ST, but still installed larger brakes and coil-over suspension components. A bold body kit with low side skirts, black wheels with orange accents, and a loud orange-and-black paint scheme complete the car's transformation.
M&J Enterprises decided to focus on horsepower, and worked with Cosworth and Ford Racing to boost the Focus ST's engine output to a claimed 330 hp. The companies haven't disclosed what modifications were necessary to reach that power level, but they have added Ford Racing suspension components and new wheels to help harness all that accelerative fury. A set of decals and stripes tops off the transformation.
California's Galpin Auto Sports -- once the stage for MTV's Pimp My Ride -- also set its sights on the 2013 Ford Focus ST. The tuning shop went for a rally-car design with an aggressive bodykit, green wheels and mirrors, a roof scoop, coil-over suspension, larger brakes, and a methanol injection system for the turbo engine. Galpin claims their modified car is "equally at home slinging mud or cruising the boulevard."
Finally, SteedaA utosports built a version of the Focus ST aimed squarely at driving enthusiasts. The main upgrades comprise Steeda G-Trac suspension components, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with performance tires, and a black-and-yellow paint job. Steeda says its tweaks help make the Focus ST feel more fun to drive -- although the company doesn't appear to have added any horsepower to the hot hatch.