What Can A Turbo Upgrade Do For A Focus ST?

We are big fans of the Ford Focus ST. The Ford Performance vehicle is not only a fun little hatch with plenty of power to zip around the track, but it also makes for a practical daily driver as well. Who says you can’t have the best of both world, right?

While many ST enthusiasts start with the bolt-on upgrades shortly after taking ownership, one upgrade that is still relatively rare is a bigger turbo. So what happens when you slap on a bigger turbo? Well, the results might just surprise you.

Hot Hatch

The twin-scroll-turbocharged EcoBoost engines are designed to deliver power and torque consistently, with little to no lag. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

Most of us are aware that the design team at Ford put a lot of time and effort developing a twin-scroll turbo that performs extremely well with the EcoBoost engine. And although the twin-scroll system aims to deliver power and torque consistently with little lag, the engineers at Ford also needed to make sure it was fuel efficient as well.

Garrett GTX Series Turbochargers

Garrett GTX Series turbochargers are designed specifically for the hardcore enthusiast who wants optimal performance. The forged fully machined billet aluminum compressor wheels feature next-generation aerodynamics that provides a larger horsepower range and maximize boost response.

Internet car personality That Dude in Blue, a.k.a. David Patterson, released a review video this month on his YouTube channel which showcases a 2016 Ford Focus ST running the Garrett GTX 2867 R turbo upgrade. And although this Garrett turbo is still considered small by many standards, when it comes to upgrading a hot hatch like the Focus ST, it makes a huge improvement on performance to this 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine!

“It changes the entire character of how the power is,” David said. “The stock turbo on the Focus ST hits really hard and has a lot of torque, but then you’re out of power and everything levels off.”

With the Garrett GTX 2867 R, it gives ST owners the added top-end power they might be searching for. If you wanna play you gotta pay, and $2,000 dollars for a single upgrade on a car like the ST is considerable. There’s also a good chance you can kiss your factory warranty goodbye, but this is a risk hot rodders have long taken into consideration.

Would you throw caution to the wind and cash into the upgrade for this kind of performance? The 360-horsepower results in the video certainly look like a lot of fun. Watching it has us wondering what kind of performance we might see if we were to install this Garrett Turbo on a Focus ST.

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Kelly Getzelman

Kelly is a SoCal car enthusiast and skilled driver. His “get out and drive” obsession began after attending his first high-performance racing school while serving on active duty. Since then, he has attended numerous military and civilian driving schools across the country to help fuel that passion.
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