The 2013 Ford Focus ST already packs quite a punch with its 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but that hasn’t stopped aftermarket companies from putting their own spin on the new hot hatch. We’ve driven the Shelby Focus ST and today shared details on the Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST, and it’s got us wondering: Would you spend about $40,000 on a highly modified Ford Focus ST or drive a stock version of another car?
Both the Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST — tweaked by Cobb Tuning — and the Shelby Focus ST boast one feature some enthusiasts crave more than anything else: exclusivity. There may be plenty of stock Focus STs around, but not many of the fully modified versions pictured at right and above. Shelby’s Focus ST “only” has 275 hp because the company didn’t want to ruin the balanced approach to the car’s upgraded performance. The Shelby Focus ST has a Borla exhaust, a short-throw shifter, plenty of visual updates, a Shelby/Ford Racing suspension, new brakes, plus a wheel/tire upgrade.
Foust’s Focus ST gets power up to a claimed 300 hp, and sports equally bold visual add-ons. The car has a fully adjustable suspension and, although pricing has yet to be announced, expect it to fall many thousands of dollars above the stock Focus ST’s $24,495 base price.
A $35,000-$40,000 budget starts to open all kinds of automotive doors like the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru Impreza WRX, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. While $35,000-$40,000 is a lot of money to pay for a modified Focus ST, the Shelby Focus ST and not-yet-priced Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST offer a fully modified car in one convenient, ready-to-go package.
So tell us what you think: Would you rather have a distinctive Focus ST like the ones modified by Shelby and Foust or something else like an STI, Evo, or Golf R?
By Zach Gale