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Ford Shows 7 Different Tuned Focuses - SEMA Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011

As usual, this year's SEMA show featured a host of heavily tuned economy cars from various automakers looking to excite young buyers. That's especially true of Ford, who collaborated with aftermarket tuners to release a whopping seven different Focus models at this year's event.

Most noticeable was a bright blue Focus hatchback modified by aftermarket firm COBB Tuning. Designed for the racetrack, COBB Tuning's Focus features a series of large decals and graphics and a rear-mounted wing - plus the performance to back it up. Under the hood lurks Cosworth forged pistons, which nicely complement the hatchback's custom turbo kit and front-mounted intercooler. Other modifications include upgraded brakes, tuned suspension and an intake for even more power.

Three different tuning companies used white as the exterior color of choice for their Focus hatchback. Tuner 3dCarbon's white Focus features a 3M satin wrap, smoked windows, orange painted wheels and an upper roof spoiler. Next up is tuning house Roush, whose Focus hatchback includes several powertrain upgrades including a Roush supercharger, a Roush dual exhaust, a Roush front fascia and custom Sherwin Williams matte white paint. Rounding out the trio of white Focus hatchbacks is the "Focus Stage 2" from Bojix Design, which includes a body kit, 20-inch wheels, a brake kit with cross-drilled rotors and a series of interior upgrades that include Katzkin leather upholstery and several alcantara surfaces.

Capaldi Racing was the only aftermarket tuner who chose to modify a Focus sedan instead of a hatchback. Finished in a distinctive gray, silver and orange livery, the Capaldi Racing Focus offers a dual exhaust, an upgraded Torsen differential, a custom air intake and a series of suspension modifications. Also included are orange wheels, which give the Focus sedan a decidedly sporty appearance.

The last two Focus hatchbacks are also among the most distinctive. California-based tuner The ID Agency finished its Focus in a military-style green, adding Recaro Sportster seats, a Top Stitch interior and performance upgrades like a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust and Brembo big brake kit along the way. Meanwhile, tuner Steeda enhanced its bright red Focus for the track, adding a front end brace, Nitto performance tires, a rear sway bar and lowering springs to improve handling.

While Ford showed off many aftermarket models at SEMA, it's clear the Focus remains the car of choice for tuners. And as car shoppers see the mouth-watering modifications displayed at the show, it's likely the compact will also become the car of choice for young drivers looking to stand out with aftermarket parts.

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JEFFREY ARCHER is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on
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