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Old 01-30-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

In about a year when I graduate college, I am looking to buy a tuner car to play with, daily drive, bring to the drag strip, and whatnot. Anyhow I've always been a Ford fan and so I've been considering the Focus SVT. I've done some reading on how the SVT handles boost and it seems to me thats its a pretty good candidate. I know there are plenty of turbo SVT's on this board that are making ~300whp. I am wondering how reliable they are, what they are capable of at the drag strip, etc. Do you think the SVT would be a good choice? Why or why not?


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SVT IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!

I don't have one, but I am always driving my friends...I don't really know to much about them as far as numbers and such, but i do know that you will be impressed with it! Good luck man
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get a 2.3 duratec!
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as said above. 2.3

but the svt is a great package. much more refined then the reg focus

my next car will be a term hopefully this summer if i can snag one for a good deal! 17gs is a good deal LMFAO!
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I know John (03orangeSVT) ran like 19psi for quite some time and eventually blew a ring I think but other than that seemed pretty reliable. I've ran 10psi through my supercharger for 3 years and 50K miles now. They handle boost remarkable well both with superchargers or turbos. If you're deciding between the two please search "supercharger or turbo". A new thread pops up atleast twice a week and opinions vary between the two but it's been discussed 100's of times. If you are thinking of staying N/A check out the SVT performance chat area.

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I'm going to go against the grain and say it has very little PER dollar. Yes it handles boost but at a very high cost. You mentioned drag racing and if you really plan to do that kind of racing you should buy a DSM or SRT4.

However, if you want to autox or track race your car the SVT would be the better choice. The SVT is just not good at drag racing out of the box and you need at least 5K to get a reliable boost setup for 250hp. Now you throw that kind of money into any other factory turbo'd compact and your looking at 300+ and much lower strip times.
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The SVT is great, but it's kind of a waste to use it for drag racing. With enough power it could do pretty well but it would really shine on the road coarse.
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Road courses are always an option as well. I just want something I can have fun with. A drag strip seems like a place to start getting used to my car before I try to take it on a road course.

Also, surely a DSM or SRT-4 might be easier to make go faster, but another big factor I'm looking at is uniqueness. DSM's and SRT-4's are all over the place, but a turbo focus is pretty rare to come by. I think it would be much more thrilling to put a turbo in an N/A car than to just upgrade a factory turbo car. Also, I would much rather be driving a Ford, and the interior of the SVT is much nicer than a DSM in my books.

I know that I want to go turbo rather than s/c, and dropping 5 grand won't be too much of an issue.

And whats the deal with the 2.3? I need some supporting facts guys haha. Thanks again! Glad to be a part of the community!
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Road courses are always an option as well. I just want something I can have fun with. A drag strip seems like a place to start getting used to my car before I try to take it on a road course.

Also, surely a DSM or SRT-4 might be easier to make go faster, but another big factor I'm looking at is uniqueness. DSM's and SRT-4's are all over the place, but a turbo focus is pretty rare to come by. I think it would be much more thrilling to put a turbo in an N/A car than to just upgrade a factory turbo car. Also, I would much rather be driving a Ford, and the interior of the SVT is much nicer than a DSM in my books.

I know that I want to go turbo rather than s/c, and dropping 5 grand won't be too much of an issue.

And whats the deal with the 2.3? I need some supporting facts guys haha. Thanks again! Glad to be a part of the community!
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