There's at least 40 hp that can be easily and safely extracted from that little 2.0.The reason why I ask is a I nicely modded 05 gto. As well, and was thinking that I could do a computer tune to see if Ford was holding something back on this engine. I look at the focus and see what it is putting out and wonder if My little 2.0 could just with a computer tune find me another 15hp 8-9lbft of torque in drive alone. Just a thought but glad to see the responses thank you everyone. I drive in sport, but will us high test Gas more often!!!
I don't know about "chips", but tuners know how to get the efficiency out of specific engine. This enhances both power and economy. Usually car manufacturers install "safe" tunes(or programs) to account for the various types of drivers. My 06 mustang GT has gone through the gambit of cold air kits, under drive pullies, delete plates, comp cams stage 2 VSR, 373 gears and 410 gears and now sports a 530 hp(flywheel) Saleen VI supercharger. Each stage added hp and if you driver it normally - increased mileage. Initially when first purchased with 331 gears car averaged about 24 mpg (us gallons).A quick look around the fanboy sites of the MKC's cousin car, the 2.0 Titinium Escape, and I see there are 'tuner chips' out there in the market right now. Of course you should have a detailed discussion with the vendor to confirm its applicability to the MKC.
If you have never had a chip, understand that the fresh programming on there comes with trade-offs. Anybody who says they get both power AND economy gains is full of it. Ford/Lincoln does know what it is doing but necessarily has to set parameters for the mass market.
Depending how radical the performance profile is and how it makes the engine do more is important. For instance, moving up the redline can spin the engine accessories (alternator, AC compressor) faster than they are designed and kill bearing life on them. (I had an '89 SHO that went through this) Underdrive pulleys can take care of that, but how far do you want to go (nitrous? different waste gates on turbo?) before swapping for that 2.3 MKC makes sense.
I totally agree with trying out higher octane fuel and the Sport mode as a first round.
Supposedly the MKC does some 'learning' about how we like to drive and tunes parameters itself to some degree..........so drive it often like you stole it.
My '14 Escape 2.0 was factory rated at 240 HP. That rating is achieved with 93 octane gas. When running 87 octane, the HP drops to 231. I'm sure the 2.3 rating of 285 HP is achieved with 93 octane also. I'm sure it is less with 87 octane. These engines have variable timing and will run fine on either fuel, but for the advertised HP, the higher octane is required.^....agreed, night and day difference!...premium is a higher octane gas,MKC seems to really like it,regular does the job, but premium really wakes it up!
Same transmission, no difference. This small power increase doesn't justify a beefed up transmission and is unnecessary. A few hundred more HP - different story.But will the transmission take the extra torque? I think the 2.3 transmission is beefed up a bit from the 2.0.