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5 Surprisingly Fast Fords

By raccars Published

Fast Fords have delighted enthusiasts for decades. Hot Escorts, Fiestas, Sierras and Focus have gone down in history over the years for bringing top-notch performance to the masses for decidedly real world prices.

But it’s not just the obvious hot Fords that are fast. The combination of powerful engines within more everyday models creates some surprising fast Fords away from the obvious ones – with the added bonus of more affordable secondhand prices.

Here, we pick out five surprise fast Fords that may just raise eyebrows in more ways than one…

Ford Mondeo 2.0 EcoBoost 240 (from £20,000)
Introduced: 2010
Power: 240hp
0-62mph: 7.5secs

Mondeo man used to lust after the hot ST 220 model, but today there’s one that’s even more powerful – the 2.0-litre EcoBoost 240. It may not have quite the same clout and doesn’t have ST-tuned suspension, but the regular Mondeo still handles brilliantly so this performance-engine’d version is a blast to drive.

Ford Focus 2.0T ST Estate (from £20,000)
Introduced: 2012
Power: 250hp
0-62mph: 6.5secs

Ford is unique in offering an estate version of its ST Focus hot hatch. The package really works though, and is proving popular amongst new car buyers – which means there are more and more appearing on the used car market. 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds makes it a very rapid load-lugger indeed.

Ford S-Max 2.0 Ecoboost 240 (from £27,500)
Introduced: 2011
Power: 240hp
0-62mph: 7.9secs

The Ford S-Max was a game-changer for the blue oval. A sporty-look seven-seat MPV, it allowed the brand to challenge the BMW 3 Series, in a way the more prosaic Galaxy could not. It’s most often sold as a diesel, but is at its most convincing with the high performance 240hp turbocharged petrol engine.

Ford Galaxy 2.0 EcoBoost (from £18,000)
Introduced: 2010
Power: 203hp
0-62mph: 8.5secs

For some, the S-Max simply isn’t big enough – but what if they still want a performance version? Ford obliges, with a 203hp version of the brilliant 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo engine. It’s almost as convincing and ferries seven people along at quite a pace.

Ford C-Max 2.0 TDCi 163 (from £20,000)
Introduced: 2012
Power: 163hp
0-62mph: 8.6secs

Proving unlikely fast Fords don’t just have turbo petrol engines, the C-Max packs in a 163hp 2.0-litre diesel that’s almost as powerful as the original Ford Focus ST170. This, however, has a huge amount more pulling power, making it a muscular machine that, thanks to its Ford Focus underpinnings, also handles really well, too.

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