Ford Focus SVT 

  • $18k built in USA
  • 2002
  • 170 HP 2.0L
  • 125 mph
But perhaps its most remarkable dynamic trait is how well it blends its enhanced athleticism with civilized ride quality.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2002)
SVT has yet to finalize the modified engine's power rating, but our crystal ball says 170 ponies is a good wager.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2001)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Ford Focus SVT


Focus SVT
7.5 s
Caparo T1
2.5 s
Focus RS
5.7 s

Top speed

Focus SVT
125 mph
Caparo T1
199 mph
Focus RS
163 mph


Focus SVT
25 s
Caparo T1
5.5 s
Focus RS
13 s

1/4 mile

Focus SVT
16 s
Caparo T1
11 s
Focus RS
14.2 s

Data points Key details of the Ford Focus SVT


Focus SVT
Caparo T1
Cooper S S


Focus SVT
170 HP
Caparo T1
575 HP
Focus RS
301 HP

In The News From around the web


Ford Focus SVT
This design gives the SVT Focus the performance advantages of a close-ratio, six-speed gearbox in a remarkably compact and lightweight package.
Interior elements unique to the SVT Focus include pedals with metallic covers placed to facilitate heel-and-toe downshifting; a black leather-wrapped steering wheel with perforations in the three- and nine-o'clock grip positions; a black leather-wrapped parking brake lever with a satin aluminum release button; and a black leather-wrapped aluminum shift knob.

Ford SVT Focus

Car & Driver News
While Ford basks in their hot-rodding history with the Lightning Rod and the Forty-Nine concept from the Detroit show, the production version of the SVT Focus proves that they're looking ahead as well as back.
That engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ford
Price $18,000
Year 2002

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 16.29 lb/hp
Maximum hp 170 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 145 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,300 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,988 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.34 in / 3.46 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,769 lb
Width 66.9 in
Height 56.3 in
Length 168.1 in
Front track width 58.8 in
Wheelbase 103 in

road tests

Top speed 125 mph
1/4 mile 16 s
0-60mph 7.5 s
0-100mph 25 s


Drivetrain Front Engine / FWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 2.88:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 432/? 178
Rear wheels 432/? 178
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