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345bhp version of hot hatch; first pictures and details

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.

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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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beachland2 3 April 2010

Re: Ford Focus RS500 revealed

This car could lose a lot of money, when people realise its not a special car.

This is not an investment car at all.

In 3 years time it might lose £15k!

Peter Cavellini 3 April 2010

Re: Ford Focus RS500 revealed

And i was wrong about the price too(£32K) it's not, it'll be £34-35K!.It will have to be special to atract Fast Ford fans and anyway they don't seem to have done much to it that a tuner couldn't do as an after market conversion on a year old example!?

mgbv8man 2 April 2010

Re: Ford Focus RS500 revealed

Ford are no longer taking orders for the RS500 and that was less than 48hrs after they announced it to the dealers - who needs incentives?