Ford has unleashed a high-end version of its popular Focus ST hot hatchback. Called the ST500, it’s intended to send the current version of the hot hatch off with a bang, before a facelifted model arrives in January.This range-crowning version’s been dubbed the ST500, but sadly that doesn’t mean that the Blue Oval’s fitted its 500bhp supercharged V8 motor. The name actually refers to the 500 examples that will be built, each coming loaded with equipment including scarlet leather Recaro seats, Xenon headlights, sat nav, rain-sensing wipers and limited edition decals. Like the standard Focus ST, the ST500 uses the 2.5-litre turbocharged Duratec five-cylinder engine we know and love, and there’s been no increase in power – the ST500 has the same 222bhp as the standard car.The other major change is the custom paintwork, which develops the ST’s reputation for stand-out looks. It’s metallic black with silver racing stripes and a silver bonnet, echoing the classic GT 500 racing livery from Le Mans 1969. The ST500 will cost £20,495 and is available to order now.