Hennessy Performance Engineering Tuning Package - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Hennessy Performance Engineering Tuning Package

March 13, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

After spending a weekend with the Focus ST, let's just say I've developed a certain fondness for its quick reflexes and eager powertrain. There's never a dull moment with this thing. I drove to the drug store to buy a birthday card for my niece and the journey was like time spent on an amusement park ride.

Anyway, there are some people who will always want more of a good thing, and for those folks, Hennessy Performance Engineering has rolled out a tuning package for the Focus ST. Called HPE300, the package includes several upgrades (such as a cold air intake, ECU reflash and optional Magnaflow cat-back exhaust) that up the ST's already impressive 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque to a breathtaking 310 hp and 320 lb-ft.

You can read more about the new package here.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    There are several outfits that have developed reflashes. The exhaust doesn't really add anything. The intake does. You can do those two items yourself for $800 and add the exhaust too if you feel like it. Unfortunately, Edmunds seems to have an issue with doing this to any of its long-term cars...getting them reflashed. Too bad.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    x2 Fordson ..... I'd like to see Edmunds tune their ST and give us reports on what mods are worth it

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    If they were ever going to start modifying cars, its sure not going to be now that they merged with the consumer site. While I do also sometimes wish that they would do small, easy things to improve vehicle performance, I understand why they don't.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    If they were ever going to start modifying cars? Like the Wrangler? Like the FR-S? They pick their favorites and those they modify those. They decided long ago that the FR-S "should" be a higher-performance car than the Focus ST, because the Focus is not a "pure" RWD layout. Well, they found that the Scion is NOT faster, so they've put on $3,400 worth of wheels and tires, $1,800 worth of cat-back, and now they're going to put I estimate about $6,500 worth of turbo kit and tuning on the Scion so that it will be faster. So their $40k RWD car will be faster than their $29k FWD car. Because it has the better drivetrain layout, don't ya know.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I was thinking that the reason they wouldn't modify cars is that it will change the experience from what most, not all, owners will experience, but they did indeed modify some. So you're completely right about them throwing more resources towards some cars, but I think the reason they bought both the FR-S and BRZ, then proceeded to throw even more at the FR-S, has more to do with the associated hype and excitement from their release, not that it was actually better or faster than the Focus ST. Correct or not, they are just putting money towards what they think people want to read.

  • carchatter1 carchatter1 Posts:

    I think this is a pretty good bargain. $1500 for 20% boost in HP. Sounds impressive enough. It would be interesting for Edmunds to dyno it and then do the mods and recheck the dyno output to see if the tuners claims hold any truth. As for the new site, anyone else think this is worse than before? It seems more scattered and difficult to navigate. I predict lots less traffic on the new and improved version of what used to be a fun site to frequent.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    It makes sense to me how Edmunds is choosing which long-term cars to mod. People who buy a FR-S/BRZ are not just looking for basic, economical transportation; they are enthusiast drivers. Sure, even among enthusiasts, only a fraction will ever modify their rides, but that segment of the audience likes to read about what they *could* do if they wanted. Why not the Focus ST, too? Well, 1) budgets. 2) The ST is already a step up from the base models, showing what the platform can do, while the FS-S/BRZ *is* the base model.

  • kburg kburg Posts:

    What's up with the big gap between the Ford logo and the hoodline?

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