A few weeks back, local ST enthusiast Justin W. brought in a brand new 2015 Focus ST to grab a set of fifteen52 Turbomacs to powdercoat and schedule his installation for coilovers. As we talked shop and modding the EcoBoost motors, Justin bought his Focus ST after taking a ride in the car you see above. The black beauty is Martin C’s Cobb Stage III Focus ST (ST3), which came in to see us all the way from Simi Valley to get an alignment on our flush-with-the-floor, state of the art alignment rack you see in the background.
Martin came out to see us after his local alignment place wanted to charge him an extra $20 because his Focus ST is “lowered”. (Spoiler alert: this car is on stock suspension) – and god knows if they’d have been able to do it without screwing up those Team Dynamics Pro Race Focus ST wheels.
The Mark III Focus ST [DYB] chassis is a great handler, so Martin’s been able to get along just fine on the OEM suspension – though he tells us that a drop of some kind might be happening soon – possibly BC Coilovers, but today, it was certainly due for an alignment.
Though we didn’t install any of the upgrades here, let’s take a look at some of the modifications that make this Focus ST stand out. Up front, the bright red lettering lets you know there’s a Cobb Front Mount Intercooler & Chargepipes for Focus ST right behind the front fascia.
The red logo on the Cobb Front Mount Intercooler really makes for an awesome accent and ties in beautifully to the stock red “ST” badges. After so many months of having STOA Black/Red ST badges, it’s rare to see a modded car still rocking red ones.
One of the great things about the Cobb Cat-Back for Focus ST is that it’s one of the Focus ST exhaust systems that’s kind of in the “goldilocks” range of being just right, aggressive enough that you hear it more, but not loud enough that it drones and whatnot. It’s a rather nice sound. Check it out how it sounds in this video comparison on another Focus ST. The mudflaps really make the car much more aggressive looking, not to mention they also help keep the sides and rear of the car cleaner. Black cars are incredibly hard to keep clean and as you can tell in the photos, Martin’s Focus ST is immaculately clean.
The etched COBB Tuning logo looks great on the twin tips that fill the opening for the original hexagonal tips beautifully.
Of course, the Cobb 3in Cat-Back Exhaust for Focus ST isn’t the only mod to the exhaust system, the Milltek Catless Downpipe for Focus ST EcoBoost 2.0T is the other critical requirement for running a full “Stage III” tune, and Milltek’s decat downpipes are as beautifully finished as these Cobb tips. On the interior, a Cobb Knob for Focus ST makes shifting fast and positive and the arctic camo-faced Cobb AccessPORT V3 has been loaded with a custom PROTUNE written by COBB TUNING SoCal, making the gains much more dramatic. No wonder Justin was impressed enough by this car to go out and buy a Focus ST of his own! Under the hood, the COBB logos clue you in to what bits of the intake have been replaced by the Cobb CARB Approved Cold Air Intake for Focus ST, which enhances power and response as well offering a bit more of that “turbo” sound, and a mountune Uprated Boost Pressure Valve prevents the loss of boost that normally occurs through the leaky OEM BPV.Since the Cobb Cold Air Intake for Focus ST is CARB approved – see that little sticker on the airbox? The intake system on there is totally smog legal, so no smog shop in CA can hassle you over the intake, which is great piece of mind.
Interested in modding your Focus ST? Need something installed? Talk to the Mod Experts at ModAuto like our Ford Focus ST / RS & Fiesta ST specialist Robert (x8004), and chat with the team of experts online at ModBargains.com, or just give us a call at 714-582-3330 and of course, you can always stop by the ModAuto showroom in La Habra CA during business hours (8-5 M-Sat) and talk to our experts in person.