Ford shows five customized 2013 Focus ST models ahead of SEMA Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 17, 2012

Ford Motor Co. is planning to put the spotlight on its latest cars at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Ford has given us a preview of the five versions of the 2013 Ford Focus ST that will be seen at SEMA. These cars are all powered by Focus ST’S 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and six-speed manual transmission as a base but then many of the tuning companies raised the performance of the EcoBoost powertrain even higher.

Similar to the revised Ford Fusions previewed in the past, majority of the Focuses intended for SEMA have loud new visual parts. Tanner Foust Racing, which is led by the famous rally drive and X-Games champion, added a new air intake and a Magnaflow exhaust to achieve a higher horsepower, mated with adjustable suspension for better handling. It described the modified 2013 Ford Focus ST, which was given a new front splitter and rear spoiler, as a “competent weekend track warrior” that could function as a daily commuter vehicle too.

Bojix Design chose not to add a straight-line performance to their 2013 Ford Focus ST but it still put in bigger brakes and coil-over suspension parts. The car completes its transformation with a bold body kit with low side skirts, black wheels with orange accents, and a bold orange-and-black paint scheme.

What M&J Enterprises focused on was horsepower. It teamed up with Cosworth and Ford Racing to increase the Focus ST’s engine output to 330 hp. The companies have yet to say what revisions had to be put in to get to this power level. However, we know that they installed Ford Racing suspension parts and new wheels to help tie together all that accelerative power.

The transformation is completed with a set of decals and stripes. California’s Galpin Auto Sports, which was identified with MTV’s Pimp My Ride, also sought to modify the 2013 Ford Focus ST. It used a rally-car design with a dramatic bodykit, green wheels and mirrors, a roof scoop, coil-over suspension, larger brakes, and a methanol injection system for the turbo engine.

Galpin said that the modified car can be used either while driving through mud or on the boulevard. Lastly, Steeda Autosports produced a variant of the Focus ST targeted mainly at driving fans. The primary improvements include Steeda G-Trac suspension components, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with performance tires, and a black-and-yellow paint job. Steeda claims that its modifications help in making the Focus ST feel more enjoyable to drive. However, the company doesn’t seem to have increased the horsepower of the hot hatch.

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