345bhp version of hot hatch; first pictures and details
29 March 2010

This is the Ford Focus RS500, a a limited-edition 500 car run of a 345bhp version of the hot hatch.

The car, which is being made to mark the end of the current generation Focus RS's production, gets more power and torque than a standard RS and bespoke interior trim.

See the Ford Focus RS500 pictures

The five-cylinder engine has been given improved induction kit and a revised exhaust system, which help to add an extra 45bhp to the standard car’s 300bhp. Torque goes up from 325lb ft to 339lb ft.

These modifications reduce the car’s 0-62mph time from 5.9 to 5.6sec. Ford isn’t quoting in-gear acceleration, but expect the most noticeable changes to come during from 30-50mph in third. Top speed stays the same at 163mph.

The car’s exterior is finished in a matt black paint unique to the RS500. Standard gloss black paint is applied in the factory, and then the cars are shipped to coatings specialist 3M’s site near Frankfurt, where a matt film is laid over the top. The gloss paint is retained on the lower grille and splitter, the rear spoiler and the rear diffuser. Brake calipers are finished in red.

Inside the cars have red detailing instead of the RS’s blue, and a plaque on the centre console with the car’s edition number.

Ford hasn’t yet released prices for the RS500, but it’s expected to cost around £35,000. The order book opens in May and deliveries are expected to start late in the summer, before production of the standard RS ends in September.

Dan Stevens

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43

29 March 2010

Really daft. Ford must make sure to use four-wheel-drive in its RS models next time. That's simply too much power going through the front wheels of a road car.

29 March 2010

And do Ford honestly think that people are going to flood the showrooms to get a run out model which is being replaced by a better car?, they don't even offer insentives,if they think it's so special why aren't they offering track days?

Peter Cavellini.

29 March 2010

Think you might look a bit of a male chicken in that one.....

W

29 March 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]And do Ford honestly think that people are going to flood the showrooms to get a run out model which is being replaced by a better car?[/quote]

Fair point, but if we're a year away from new Focus, it'll be 2 and a half before the ST/RS models are available.

29 March 2010

It looks very Stealth! I love it, just hope I can get one...

29 March 2010

Just like in the good 'ol days of Henry and his T, with a twist: "You can have it in any colour, sire, as long as it's badass black".

Naughty, very naughty.

29 March 2010

chav-tastic

With one of these you can be the envy of all council estates YAWWWWWNNN!!!

Get a propper hot hatch like Mugen Type RR or just the Honda Civic Type R

29 March 2010

So much for progress eh, Escort RS Cosworth of 1992 had a faster 0-60 and 100bhp less.

Looks good though with the matt black paint.

29 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Ford isn’t quoting in-gear acceleration, but expect the most noticeable changes to come during from 30-50mph in third. Top speed stays the same at 163mph. [/quote]

Then some figures from the Ford news release:

0-100km/h 5.6sec
0-60mph 5.4sec
0-100mph 12.2sec
Max speed 265 km/h (165 mph)

29 March 2010

hot, hot, hot

bring it on!

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