Return Of The RS500

To commemorate the end of production for its current model Focus RS, Ford is creating an ultra-high-performance RS500 version. And like legendary Sierra Cosworth RS500 of the 1908s with which it shares a moniker, the hatchback will be produced in a strictly limited run of 500 cars.

The machine features a number of performance upgrades over the Focus RS, including modifications to the engine.
Ford partnered with automotive engineer Revolve Technologies - the company behind Ford factory-approved Mountune performance parts. A revised intercooler, larger air filter box, bigger exhaust and re-mapped ECU are some of the changes, and the result is a 2.5-litre inline five-cylinder engine good for 257kW at 6000rpm and 60Nm of torque. In the real world that's enough wick to propel the RS500 from standstill to 100kph in 5.6 seconds. Drive comes through a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox feeding to the front wheels through a Quaife limited slip diff.

A standout feature has to be the exterior, where Ford has combined matte black bodywork with 19-inch metallic black alloys to create an aggressive look. The unique panel treatment is not paint-based, but rather a special 3M film applied at the final stage before delivery.

"We were determined to mark the end of production for the current and acclaimed Focus RS with something even more special," said Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe's vice president for product development. "From its stunning looks to its intoxicating performance, we have no doubt that the RS500 will be appreciated and quickly snapped up by performance car enthusiasts."
Unfortunately for us, the RS500 will only be sold in Europe.

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