:>>> The Gates UK edition of "timing belts" indicates all Zetec -E engines to be
:>>> of an interference design.
:>>According to the Focus owner's manual (online PDF for the 2000 model
:>>year, from the http://myford.fordvehicles.com website) and from this site:
:>>the compression ratio of the USA-spec Focus 2.0l Zetec-E is 9.6:1, and
:>>the quoted power output is 130 hp at 5300 rpm, max torque is 130 lb-ft
:>>at 4500 rpm.
:>Tim might be on to something then as the 2.0 Zetec in Europe is quoted
:>as having a compression ratio of 10:1 although the power output is also
:>130 hp which is odd.
And to add further confustion to the mix the US SVT 2.0 Zetec is rated
at 170HP @ 7,000 rpm and max torque of 145 lb.-ft. @ 5,500 rpm. This
is with a 10.2:1 compression ratio which requires a minimum of 91
octane fuel. I would assume the numbers are similar on the European
BTW, where I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area 91 octane fuel is the
maximum I have seen in many, many years. And half the year it's
"watered down" with ether and the other half with ethanol to
supposedly cut down on emissions. My SVT definitely gets "babied"
when it's 115 degrees and the a/c is chugging away on high. :-)