New Cars>> Ford Focus Rs500

Ford this week have unveiled the latest iteration of it's Focus RS line, the RS500. It's a homage to the original Sierra Cosworth RS500 and like it's predecessor, it'll also be limited to a run of just 500 cars. The car wil be making it's first public debut at the Leipzig Motor Show on April 9th.

The power levels are up to 350PS from the same 2.5 litre turbo charged powerplant. The power hike has been acheived by using a larger air-to-air intercooler, uprated air filter, a larger diameter downpipe, an uprated fuel pump and a remap to take advantage of the new parts. These numbers deliver a 0-60 of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 164MPH. Not shabby for a car that's FWD.

The matt black finish is courtesy of a specially developed 3M foil wrap, the cars are actually metallic black underneath the wrap. Some splashes of colour are provided with red calipers, red 500 badging and blue RS badging.

The interior is finished with red detailing, a contrast to the blue provided on the standard RS Focus. The centre console has a carbon fibre finish and a unique plaque stating the cars model number. The front seats are bespoke Recaro sports items, which can be finished in leather.

To ensure the durability of these upgrades, the car has been subjected to a series of tests which have focused on the car's track capabilities. The tests included a massive stint at the Nordschleife, where Ford had three of their own racing drivers and a team of engineers complete a whopping 10,000KM non-stop of driving the Green Hell. After 500 laps, Ford were happy enough with the car and were confident that an eight minute laptime is within reach of the car.

- Paddy

 Focus RS500 Official Site

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1

Too bad the U.S. will never see this one...



Man, American companies should come up with USDM exclusives to make the worla jealous :)



Lovin' the matte black!

2

now al it needs is some slammage

3

One of two FWD cars I would ever consider buying. The other being the FD2 Civic Type-R. Ford of Europe you will rue the day.

4

Yet another fantastic car from ford that the US will get the shaft on..

5

Nice!!!

wish i could own one !! :P

6

Wow, yet another car we will never get stateside.... MUSTANG FO LIFE

7

*drool* @ those seats!!!

8

1. Needs to get lowered

2. Flat Black..really?

9

10,000 km non-stop around the Nurburgring? So did a fuel truck drive along beside the car and fill up the tank whenever it got low? Who's in for seeing a video of that? I know I am!

10

yeah this satin trend is getting old. i hope it comes in some other colors.

11

@ Mr. Moons



yeah yeah pit stops bro...

12

the fiesta looks way better than this imo

13

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. desktop!

15

Wow.. I'm shocked. WHY doesn't the US want this?

16

very nice car...! but why not awd...

17

I think I just creamed my pants! where did this come from? and why so exclusive?

18

my Ford enemies will love this car.. i do like it - it could've have been a little more special in so much as its a limited edition.. 'Fix Or Repair Daily' as we used to say.. LOL - no i really like it

19

The Focus RS is stunning as it is and this just takes it to the max. I just have to work out what organs I don't need and I can raise the moeny to get on the waiting list >_<

20

FF cars is called rodents in norway. chewing its way forward.

21

Well.. Its nice but.. Its a damn focus, why would u need a FOCUS for this amount of money? There re plently of better cars out there..

22

So i'm scrolling down the speedhunters main page skimming through all the articles when i see this matte black focus and i completely nut in my pants. Awesome job Ford. The car is perfect except for the fact I'll will never be brought to the states.



Awesome job

23

460 Nm of torque I thought? That's gotta torque steer like hell, still a cool car though.

24

I have driven the normal RS Focus with 305hp for a couple of days and I must say that its amazing how good it handles the torque. The steering knuckles(Revoknuckle) and steering geometry is specially engineered for this car. I usully drive RWD cars only and hate FWD and before driving this car I also tought that is will have tons of torque steer. But trust me, it really doesn't!

25

red and black, what else?? they awesome!!!

26

I don't see the point. We already have a badass 300+hp car made by Ford...it's called the Mustang. Oh, and it's NOT wrong-wheel drive like this failure. Plus, $48,000 for a f*cking FOCUS??? lol

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Let's see : For that money, I could get a C5 Z06, a brand new Camaro SS, an Evo, a WRX, TWO S2000s....you'd have to be retarded to pass up these cars for a matte black turd like this.

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Way to fail, Ford.

27

Ford: We ignore what Americans want.

28

Awesome car. Loving the interior especially. Too bad it's not AWD and won't be offered in the states.

29

Still slower than a 265bhp Scirocco R, S3 or Golf R.

The special edition is just stupid. 2 year old BMW M3 or brand new Audi S4 money...And £8k up on list price for a plaque, matt black paint and a remap. Why not just buy a standard RS for show, and a stripped and caged E36 M3 Evo for go?

30

$48,000 for a Focus?!! There's so many other choices in that price range....C5 Corvette Z06, Roush Mustang, new Camaro SS, Mitsubishi Evo X, Subaru WRX, Honda S2000...and you'd have money to modify most of these after buying them!

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Oh, and none of these have the wrong-wheel drive problem....lol.

31

WOW, its finally confirmed, Ameicans are retards! theres nothing wrong with front wheel drive, in fact my Fiesta ST leaves most RWD cars for dead on a windy road. Oh thats right, you Americans don't know what corners are do you?



Unfortunately we will never see this car or the RS in Australia, which is a shame, because I would start selling body parts to afford one.

32

Such a badass car, and it still has to settle for the front wheels. Shame

33

this has a very nice interior, very pimpy.. but in the front sure looks like a toyota if you take out the emblem.

34

This car will be one of the great cars of all time, As i'm a lucky s**t bag i've had the chance to use a mustang for a few weeks and a Focus RS and i would take the RS any day of the week, Yer rwd is fun but as a car to get you from A toB as quick as posible it has to be the RS!

So what if it's fwd, as long as it gets the power on to the floor and go's round a corner (Yes the true test of a car is to go round a corner not just fast in a straight line) it's a great car!



Ok the paint isn't paint it's a "foil wrap" from 3M and thats a bit cheep and very c**p but as a over all car thers not much better than this



Oh and the price yer £34000 + is to much for a focus

35

I love Japanes Car's, but this is magnificend.

It's really amazing, also the painting.



Greets

36

I love Japanes Car's, but this is magnificend.

It's really amazing, also the painting.



Greets

37

@dog_day_sunrise



You know they didn't really compare the focus to the new Evo X and the Impreza because it pretty much craps over them. In tests it was often compared to the new GTR and that was the 305 hp version. This version with 350 hp will scare the GTR and german cars in that price range won't even be considered as enemies.

38

This car is amazing!



How Much To Buy One??



39

@i3lack0ut

please read about cars before commenting ok? try WIKI.



They wont compre this to EVOs STIs and GTRs because they are all ALL WHEEL DRIVE. get it?



go buy yourself a BMX first then well talk about cars when your older.

40

you guys are funny,

no offense meant, but you cant even compare a mustang to an rs.

the mustang may be a bit faster on a everstraight boring street, but as soon as there are some turns, the rs wins the game. it's way better engeneered than american crap muscle cars.... when it comes to handling these cars are nothing but relicts of the middle age...

:D



" dog_day_sunrise said:



Still slower than a 265bhp Scirocco R, S3 or Golf R."



are you being serious?! even the standard rs is faster than an s3, not even talking about the broad ass scirocco. :D



"They wont compre this to EVOs STIs and GTRs because they are all ALL WHEEL DRIVE. get it?



go buy yourself a BMX first then well talk about cars when your older. "



fair point, but awd makes the car heavier and not necessarily faster, at least as you are not driving off normal streets.

actually, this fwd is a masterpiece of engeneering, so get over it.



talking about the price: of course it's overpriced, but there are only 500, and it's just a question of taste. i have no doubt ford will sell these honeys in a few days.



and whoever said that u can get an s4 for this money, must live on another planet. to get an s3 with similar seats already takes the same money, plus the ford looks just way better.



bottom line: of course it's overpriced as "normal" car, but these are no normal cars, and it easily smokes s3 and similar price range cars, both in terms of power and style.

41

you guys are funny,

no offense meant, but you cant even compare a mustang to an rs.

the mustang may be a bit faster on a everstraight boring street, but as soon as there are some turns, the rs wins the game. it's way better engeneered than american crap muscle cars.... when it comes to handling these cars are nothing but relicts of the middle age...

:D



" dog_day_sunrise said:



Still slower than a 265bhp Scirocco R, S3 or Golf R."



are you being serious?! even the standard rs is faster than an s3, not even talking about the broad ass scirocco. :D



"They wont compre this to EVOs STIs and GTRs because they are all ALL WHEEL DRIVE. get it?



go buy yourself a BMX first then well talk about cars when your older. "



fair point, but awd makes the car heavier and not necessarily faster, at least as you are not driving off normal streets.

actually, this fwd is a masterpiece of engeneering, so get over it.



talking about the price: of course it's overpriced, but there are only 500, and it's just a question of taste. i have no doubt ford will sell these honeys in a few days.



and whoever said that u can get an s4 for this money, must live on another planet. to get an s3 with similar seats already takes the same money, plus the ford looks just way better.



bottom line: of course it's overpriced as "normal" car, but these are no normal cars, and it easily smokes s3 and similar price range cars, both in terms of power and style.

42

The amount of Porsches that were present during the Touristenfahrt on Friday was astounding. Especially

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