Ok, since I plan on keeping this car for a while (no V6 manual option in 2007 and maybe none until the $30,000 mythological SVT Fusion makes itself known), I would like to know your thoughts on the most economical way to reach 180-200hp with the 2.3. My thoughts are: CAI (do any exist yet?) and a custome tune, followed by a nice header and....then what???? With a quality CAI, header, and tune you can probably expect a good 20 hp gain - maybe more? There are a lot of 2.3 Focus performance parts out there, but what works well with this car? I'm sure an intake cam is out of the question, but would a performance exhaust cam be of any benefit? Turbos and SC variants are out of the question...I want to do this for less than $1500 if possible.
But can the stock Mazda manual transmission handle the added torque of a turbo? I am looking for reliability and I would have to believe that the cost of a quality turbo runs in the neighborhood of $3500-$5000.
Damn, I was hoping for some nice 20-40 hp bolt-on solutions...guess I will have to settle for something less since I am not willing to test and create my own custom turbo. In that case, a CAI and tune may be my limit unless I decide to wait until 2008 when Ford (hopefully) addresses my peformance needs!
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