UK Fiesta Gets Power Boost, No Closer To America

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For those who want tiny-Ford power but are too busy to make your own SHOgun or too impatient to wait for the impending Mazda2ish vehicle, you may want to look away. The Ford Fiesta ST, already a capable little vehicle, is getting two dealer-fit performance packages for the UK. The Mountune Performance Stage 1 package adds a high-flow air induction system, performance exhaust system and engine re-calibration good for 165 HP out of the 2.0-litre Duratec ST. Stage 2 package comes in at about $3,600 (plus installation) and boosts power to 185 horsepower. Because they're licensed through Ford upgrades do come with warranties. Press release, if you can stand it, below the jump.



BRENTWOOD, January 9, 2008 - Ford is offering Fiesta ST customers in the UK a unique opportunity to buy performance upgrades for their cars through a choice of two special dealer-fit options.
The Mountune Performance Stage 1 package will retail at £1,435 (plus fitting) and consists of a high-flow air induction system, a high performance exhaust system including high flow catalyst and tubular manifold, and re-calibration of Ford's potent 2.0-litre Duratec ST engine to produce 165PS.

The more powerful Mountune Performance Stage 2 package will cost £1,838 (plus fitting) and adds new camshafts and valve springs to the basic package to deliver 185PS.

Developed by Ford Team RS in a new association with Roush Technologies Ltd, which owns the Mountune Racing motorsport brand, these packages will only be available at specialist Ford dealers. The upgrades have a minimum of 12 months/12,000 miles dealer warranty up to a maximum of three years/36,000miles.
The upgrade kits do not affect the vehicle warranty and will be available from the selected Ford Dealers from March 1st 2008. [Source: Ford]


Rob Emslie

Why is it that in Europe, sporty econoboxes get great seats, tasteful body cladding and actual suspension tweaks that make them go around corners? While here in the U.S. it's 23" chrome DUBS, 10,000 watt sound systems and vomit-inducing paint schemes.

I'd move to Europe if they didn't all talk funny there.