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The Ford Focus RS is a fantastic car, the 2.3 litre engine producing 345bhp, the AWD system with Drift Mode allowing all weather grip and fun when you want it, plus normal five door practicality. But deep in the heart of Essex is Mountune who have been tuning Fords for decades and they’ve been continually improving and tweaking the RS ever since it came out. This new m520 kit is the absolute top of the tree though, and as the numbers suggest it now produces 513bhp (520hp) and 700Nm – in a medium sized hot hatch!

To achieve this, the engine is rebuilt with all new forged internals to ensure it can handle that level of power and a full exhaust to create a crazy noise, while the exterior gets a load of carbon bits and some rally-spec Fifteen52 alloys that sit over improved brakes and on lowering springs. This is a serious bit of kit, aggressive and utterly addictive. We’ve driven this m520 and it’s a truly wild ride!

Full Spec:

Ford Focus RS – BOTB will source a low-mileage RS to the value of £35,000

Mountune m520 upgrade kit including new larger turbo, downpipe, hoses, fuel pump and ECU tune

Mountune m400x power kit including uprated intercooler, 3” exhaust system, hard pipe and induction kit

Mountune Forged Pistons & Conrods

Mountune full intake, Oil Cooler Kit, Cast Inlet Manifold, Short Shift Kit, Sport Springs, Floating brake upgrade

Carbon front splitter, rear wing and wider wheelarches

Fifteen52 Chicane 19” alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres


The whale-tail. Yep, just look at it. It’s staggering to think in this day and age that a company like Ford would take a rear spoiler of such comically large proportions and attach it to the back of an Escort, but they did, and in the process an icon was born.

Taking such an ‘ordinary’ car like the Escort and turning into this rallying legend seems like witchcraft, but Ford has plenty of history with doing it and it shows.

So under the skin there’s a 4WD system and a turbocharged 2.0 litre 4cyl engine which produces 227bhp. That seems low in modern terms, but the Cossie is light and can run 350bhp with no problems should you go the upgrade route. There’s a fair bit of lag from the turbo, but once it gets going there’s a deftness and delicacy to the handling that means you’ll be throwing it down your favourite back roads all day long and will end up with a grin the size of that spoiler.

Visually it wasn’t just the wing that Ford added, there was also a set of widened arches, bonnet vents, lovely alloy wheels and inside a gloriously 90’s-trimmed set of Recaro seats.

Grab your re-issued NafNaf jacket, get in your Cossie and head to the local cruise!


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