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Motorheads are always in search of ways for more power or less weight. When it comes to removing weight from your Mustang, taking it off the front end of the car is preferable to removing it from elsewhere. With this in mind, I decided to remove some weight from the front of my 93 LX coupe using a tubular front-end system and switching to manual steering. Of course there were some "snags" enco...
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[01/15/2002] Ford releases the SVT Focus

Ford''s new sporty, compact vehicle, the Focus, just became a bit sportier. Ford''s Special Vehicle Team, SVT, has built the most technologically advanced vehicle it has ever produced. Wanting to compete against the front-wheel-drive performance market, Ford believes their new Focus will have the upper hand. The SVT Focus is basically a 3-door hatchback Focus Zx3 with significantly more power and handling capabilities.

Ford boosted the Focus'' power output from 130hp and 135 lb.-ft. of torque to an amazing 170hp and 145 lb.-ft. using the 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Zetec four-cylinder engine. "This low-end, driveable torque will be a real surprise to a lot of people," says Andy Slankard, SVT Focus program manager. The engine produces 85 percent of its torque by 2, 200 rpm. The huge power increase is due to a dual-stage intake (DS) manifold, variable cam timing on the intake camshaft, tubular headers, and an underbody-only catalyst system. Ford even added a dual-mass flywheel and a six-speed manual transmission, making it the only other vehicle, other than the 2000 Cobra R, Ford produces with a six-speed.

The Focus'' tuned suspension comes from revised spring rates, larger 21mm sway bar, unique bushings and shock absorber rates, and 17 inch rims. To stop quickly, the Focus has 11.8-inch front rotors, 1.65 inches larger than the stock ZX3, and 11-inch rear rotors. The power steering was modified to give the driver more control over the car. "This car''s stopping power is awesome!" said Slankard.

To further distinguish itself from the ZX3, the SVT Focus has unique front and rear facias, black honeycomb front grilles and rear valance, special rocker panel moldings and a rear spoiler. On the inside, there are black leather seats, leather shift knob, handbrake, and steering wheel. Ford claims the new ''look'' enhances the car''s low, wide, road-hugging appearance. SVT even went as far to add racing pedals to facilitate heel-and-toe downshifting and an instrument panel with an electro-luminescent gauge cluster with titanium-colored faces and a 160mph speedometer. Just like the Mustang and Cobra, SVT added smoked headlights and round fog lamps in the lower facia.

There will be only a few choices of colors to choose from Infra-Red, CD Silver, Pitch Black and Sonic Blue, a color unique to the SVT Focus. The interior only has two options for consumers, red or blue cloth to accent the black leather. An optional Audiophile Sound System is available, powered by a 290-watt AM/FM stereo complete with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer.

Best of all the SVT Focus will be available for $17,995 including destination and delivery. Ford expects to make approximately 7,500 units of the SVT Focus for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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