Car audio equipment was getting better and cheaper in a hurry, as our current century dawned, especially compared to the stuff you’d get in the bad old days, when a factory AM radio might cost you hundreds of dollars and a lot of aftermarket car-sound gear was both expensive and terrible. Ford’s marketing wizards hoped to lure in some younger buyers for the 2002 Focus — those that didn’t snap up mountain-bike-included Kona Edition Foci a couple of years earlier, that is — by partnering with Mach Audio to build some Focus ZTS sedans with thumping sound systems optimized for listening to the latest Juelz Santana tracks. Here’s a genuine Focus ZTS Mach Audio Edition that I found in a San Francisco Bay Area yard a couple of months back.
Other Ford models, including the F-Series pickups and Mustangs, could get the Mach Audio package during this era.
Naturally, some lucky Focus-owning junkyard shopper (or maybe a fortunate eBay seller) grabbed the Mach Audio gear out of this car before I got there.
The ZTS trim level included a 130-horsepower DOHC Zetec engine (instead of the ordinary 110-horse SOHC unit). Those who sprang for the ’02 Focus SVT got the 170-hp plant.
This car would have been a lot more fun with the base five-speed manual transmission, but the original buyer opted for the automatic.