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Ford Focus RS500 revealed

Iconic hyper-hatch now gets 345bhp

Ford Focus RS500

Ford Focus RS500 could be the hottest ever hatchback

Just when you thought the Ford Focus RS couldn’t get any more barmy, along comes the Focus RS500. Limited to just 500 units, the Ford Focus RS500 will be officially unveiled at next month’s Leipzig Motor Show in Germany and boasts even more power and torque than the standard RS.

Did anybody think the standard Ford Focus RS was down on power?

The Ford Focus RS500 marks the end of production for the current generation Focus RS, which has achieved iconic status for the way it manages to use 300bhp in a front-wheel-drive layout.

Ford’s engineers clearly didn’t think this was a big enough challenge, so they have now ramped up power to 345bhp, while torque has also increased from 325lb ft to 339lb ft. The modifications are said to have reduced the car’s 0-62mph time from 5.9 to 5.6sec, and should also make in-gear acceleration substantially quicker. Top speed remains at 163mph.

Ford Focus RS500 2

Just 101 examples are coming to the UK

RS500 looks as fast as it goes

All examples of the Ford Focus RS500 will come in this matt-black paint finish, with matt-black 19-inch alloy wheels and a bespoke badge tagged with your build number. Inside, the standard Recaro seats have been retrimmed in red and there’s another bespoke plaque on the centre console with the car’s edition number.

Just 101 examples of the Ford Focus RS500 are coming to the UK, with all vehicles scheduled to have left Ford’s Saarlouis Assembly Plant in Germany by September 2010. Prices are still to be announced, but we’re not expecting much change from £35,000.



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