Mountune MP330 Upgrade Boosts Ford Focus ST Hatch to 325 HP
Mountune is a U.K.-based tuning outfit that’s been pumping up Fords for a long while now, and was behind the Ford-approved Focus ST MP275 kit available via the Ford Performance catalog. Now, the tuning company is releasing the MP330 kit, which as you might guess boosts engine power significantly for the fourth-generation Ford Focus ST. The only bummer? We don’t get that fourth-gen Focus ST here in here in America, which means we also have no use for this MP330 kit. But, we can tell you’re at least a tiny bit curious what we’re all missing.
The “330” in the Mountune kit’s name references the peak output in metric horsepower owners can expect from their STs so equipped. In proper American speak, that figure translates to 325 horsepower. The tune uses the company’s Smartflash smartphone app, and a dongle that plugs into the OBDII port and talks to your phone over Bluetooth. No special tuning handset needed, and so installation is a quick and easy process in your garage, driveway, or wherever. The Smartflash app also does a lot of the things that other OBDII dongles do, such as reading computer fault codes, as well as being capable of pushing out future tunes and calibrations.
The Mountune MP330 takes advantage of the company’s high-flow panel air filter, and you can buy one with the kit (or if you already have one, without), and comes with three calibrations, including a stock performance mode and an anti-theft mode. The performance calibration includes a more aggressive launch control protocol and “enhanced audible exhaust output”—which sounds like extra crackles and pops to us. The kit’s currently only available on the company’s U.K. site, at £499.17 ($537) with the air filter, and a little less without. Now, feel free to once again lament the U.S. market’s loss of the Focus ST (as well as the regular-grade Focus on which it’s based), part of Ford’s commitment to focus solely on trucks and SUVs and, well, the Mustang.
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