This Ford Focus ST Has One Too Many Mods and a Claimed 400 WHP – Would You Buy It?

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Remember when Ford used to sell normal passenger cars and not just crossovers, SUVs, and pickups in the US of A? Why, of course you do, as it's only been a few years since they stopped doing it.
One of the models was the brand's answer to the Volkswagen Golf, namely the Focus, together with its range-topping derivatives targeting the GTI and R, which added the ST and RS suffixes. And in this story, we'll focus (pun intended) on the ST that was part of the third generation, as we just found one listed for grabs with a whole bunch of modifications that have turned it into a beast.

Should the owner be right, then it boasts 400 horsepower at the wheels. There's no dyno chart to back up that statement, though judging by the impressive elbow grease that went into it, accompanied by a small fortune spent on the aftermarket parts, we tend to believe them. When it was still stock, this 2013 Ford Focus ST's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was good for 252 hp (256 ps/188 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque. With a manual transmission directing the power to the front wheels, the 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) was dispatched in six seconds, and the top speed was capped at 155 miles per hour (250 kph).

The only Focus variant that was capable of outrunning it was the range-topping RS, which packed a 2.3-liter four-pot making 350 hp (355 ps/261 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm). It was some one and a half seconds quicker, topped out at 165 mph (266 kph), and unlike the front-wheel drive ST, the RS boasted all-wheel drive with torque vectoring for quicker lap times. And while the ST lives on in Europe on the fourth-generation Focus, the RS was dropped altogether and will not make a comeback to take a bite of the Golf R.

Now, back to the pictured Ford Focus ST, which has almost 60,500 miles (~97,350 km) on the odo and is for sale. The ten-year-old car features a yellow and black finish on the outside, has different wheels, multiple add-ons, and a black interior that's been stripped down to the bare necessities. It has a roll cage, a pair of bucket seats, a new steering wheel, and additional gauges for a motorsport vibe, and it has even more modifications under the hood and beneath the skin. To find out more about the mods, you will have to click this link, which is the listing on GarageKeptMotors. But don't do that yet, as we still haven't told you how much it costs, and contrary to what some may believe, it's not that expensive. The asking price is $19,500, so is it a yay or a nay?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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