Fun little hot rod from SVT
By Chris on
2004 Ford Focus SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
What a great car! Having owned SVT products in the past, I have always been impressed with the performance, handling and all around fun factor of these cars. This Focus was no exception. That being said, it does have it's "quirkiness", mainly that the engine has an emissions-control function that makes the revs hang in-between shifts and that the dual-stage flywheel takes some getting used to. However, these are easily corrected by a "tune" for the ECU. It also adds 10 HP to wheels and allows you to scan for DTC's. The car handles extremely well for a front driver. You can actually get it to four wheel drift!! I have the EAP package-a must have!
Recaro heated seats, HID's, low- profile 215 series tires w/lightweight rims, engine block heater (very nice for here in New England) and the great Audiophile system that comes with this EAP package.
I had to installl a tune to cure the goofiness with the engine, and a short throw shifter with the Getrag counterweight removed really enhances the shifting of this car!! Could certainly use a better factory tune.