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#1 Hassen

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

I tend to follow quite a lot of members projects on the forums and it seems like a lot of us have a diesel Focus and want it to be more sporty/sport oriented while still retaining the functionality of the original car and the economy as compared to a petrol equivalent ST.

It started to make me think if there was a market out there for a sports hatchback with a diesel engine. I think quite a lot of us would be interested if there was a mid range model below the ST with a high performing diesel engine, the visual/aero tweaks, sporty interior and uprated suspension that would be similar to an ST model. There is a case to be made for a high performing diesel hatchback and I think with their 24hr Le Mans victories, Audi are totally missing out on a gap in the market there.

Would you consider a such a car if it was available from Ford? So far, I have not seen a model in the lineup that would tick these boxes, but correct me if I am wrong.

The other thing I was thinking about was that if you could just take out the petrol engine and transmission out of an ST and drop in a TDCI engine, how cool would that be! An extremely fun car with great fuel economy as well :)

I am interested to hear everyones thoughts/opinions about this?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

I've said his for years... But for some reason after the mondeo, they dropped the ST in the latest model... No clue why as it sold extremely well..

I had thoughts of using the 2.4 200bhp Volvo diesel, from the s40/v50 as the focus shares the same chassis... Would be mapped up to 230/240bhp perhaps.. A right little pocket rocket!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

I would love it. the main reason I dont go for the top end cars is more to do with the engine as the cost!

It is a shame they dropped the ST, but I wonder if they have an ace up their sleeves? - shame they dropped the RS too...

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

I think the closest you can get is the Zetec S 2.0 TDCi, gives you 160BHP, sport suspension, body kit, etc.

The ST is more aimed at the hot hatch petrol head, I don't think a diesel variant would sell as well.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

I think the closest you can get is the Zetec S 2.0 TDCi, gives you 160BHP, sport suspension, body kit, etc.

The ST is more aimed at the hot hatch petrol head, I don't think a diesel variant would sell as well.


I disagree... Look at the amount of fabia vrs, golf GTD, and Leon FR's get sold every year... Audi dropped their diesel R8 because it was quicker than the V10 petrol, something they didn't want... But I bet it would have sold by the bucketload!



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

Don't get me wrong, I love diesels, but there is only so much you can do with a heavier engine up the front of a more sporty car.

They are getting lighter with each iteration, but you can always feel the extra nose weight over a petrol.

That said people do want cars which can serve more than one purpose, my Dad is a good example of that, he'd really like to get the RCZ with the same diesel that is in my Focus. Fun but still practical for work.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

I think the closest you can get is the Zetec S 2.0 TDCi, gives you 160BHP, sport suspension, body kit, etc.

The ST is more aimed at the hot hatch petrol head, I don't think a diesel variant would sell as well.


Plus, get it remapped and the performance will not be far off. With a Bluefin Superchips, you'd get 182BHP and 429nm torque, compared to 247BHP and 360nm torque. Normally its 8.3s to 60mph, compared to 6.3s to 60mph for the ST. After the remap that'd probably come down a bit.

Also, depending on how far you want to go with it, you could get a Titanium X (and all the gadgets that come with it) and then fit a ST bodykit, but obviously would be more to declare on insurance.

Then again, with the reported economy of the 2.0 Tdci (163) i'm not sure that there'd be much point. I can't exactly comment as I dont have one, but i've seen reports of high 30's mpg when driving economically. When driving it quickly, it'd probably not be much more than an ST to be honest.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

I have the 163 2.0 TDCi and get much better than that. Only had it less than 2 weeks and am getting 45 average from short journeys in the week and taking it out on a and b roads at weekends.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

I have the 163 2.0 TDCi and get much better than that. Only had it less than 2 weeks and am getting 45 average from short journeys in the week and taking it out on a and b roads at weekends.


Well thats reassuring! I really want a new focus as soon as I'm out of uni and working, but the reports of low MPG on the 2.0tdci is a bit disheartening. I want more power than my current 1.6tdci, but still want decent economy too.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

I came from a 1.6 tdci and while the mpg is lower, it is to be expected. More than made up with the increased power. So much more fun. :D

The quoted figures are about 10 MPG less than what the 1.6 could do, but if anything I would actually say slightly better, more like 7 mpg less as I tend not to have to push the car as hard as my 1.6.

Basically whatever MPG you get on your 1.6, take off between 7 and 10 and that should roughly be what you get with the 2.0 TDCi

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

I came from a 1.6 tdci and while the mpg is lower, it is to be expected. More than made up with the increased power. So much more fun. :D

The quoted figures are about 10 MPG less than what the 1.6 could do, but if anything I would actually say slightly better, more like 7 mpg less as I tend not to have to push the car as hard as my 1.6.

Basically whatever MPG you get on your 1.6, take off between 7 and 10 and that should roughly be what you get with the 2.0 TDCi


Well, i'm not getting amazing MPG now compared to most 1.6 owners, as I do quite a short run of a mile to uni and back every day, and then about the same amount of 10-mile journeys of A-roads or motorways. I'm getting mid 40's during the winter, raising to about 50 in the summer. The short journeys to uni and back will end in the summer anyway.

Anyway, your car looks really nice, I'm jealous!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

I think it's because the trend seems to be moving towards small displacement turbo-charged engines, like the ecoboost. Look at the old ST compared to the new one - 5 cylinder 2.5 Volvo engine and now 2.0 turbo.

If it was practical to do so, I'd chop my diesel Focus in for an Ecoboost ZS in a heartbeat!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:52 AM

Hi,agreed, I have the 1.6 remapped and up to around 200ps, however it'll go further, and I can get upwards of 57mpg and 32mpg at its worst. The car to purchase is cheaper than a diesel, the fuel costs less per litre and there is no DPF to worry about...
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

Hi,agreed, I have the 1.6 remapped and up to around 200ps, however it'll go further, and I can get upwards of 57mpg and 32mpg at its worst. The car to purchase is cheaper than a diesel, the fuel costs less per litre and there is no DPF to worry about...
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Wow, that's some amazing mpg! And still powerful too!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

.... I have the 1.6 remapped and up to around 200ps, however it'll go further......

I don't know where you get your rempas done but you've been mugged mate ...... I have a mapped 2.0 Diesel and get no where near 200Ps!

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