Transforming the Ford Focus ZX3 hatchback into the 2002 SVT Focus requires some significant engine modifications, a new transmission and borrowing from the European Focus' parts bin.
The goal is 'to create a significant event in the automotive world that gets us on magazine covers,' says Tom Scarpello, specialty vehicle marketing manager at Ford.
'The basic Focus opened a lot of people's eyes,' he says. 'We want to do the same for the performance guys.'
Changes for the SVT Focus:
Larger intake valves, 33.5 millimeters vs. 32 millimeters, for the 2.0-liter Zetec four-cylinder engine. Stiffer valve springs raise the rpm limit to 7,300 rpm.
Variable camshaft timing on the intake camshaft to increase performance. Engine output rises from 130 hp at 5,300 rpm to 170 hp at 7,300 rpm.
Dual-stage intake manifold, which varies the intake runner length based on engine speed, to increase engine torque at low rpm.
Engine compression ratio increased to 10.2: 1 from 9.6: 1.
Exhaust pipe enlarged to 75 millimeters from 58 millimeters for less back pressure.
Six-speed Getrag manual transmission.
Dual-mass flywheel, which absorbs engine vibrations.
12-inch disc brakes in front, 11.2-inch disc brakes in rear, with ABS standard.
17-inch wheels and tires.
Larger sway bars and revised spring rates.
Driver and front-passenger seats from the European Ford Focus, with large side bolsters.
Oil temperature and oil pressure gauges, from European Ford Focus, added to instrument cluster.
Unique front and rear bumper fascias.
Body-color side cladding.