A new and powerful limited edition Focus RS model, called the RS500, is being launched as the ultimate performance Ford
Making its global debut at the 2010 Leipzig Motor Show in Germany on April 9, the new model has been given the RS500 designation to highlight its strictly-limited production run of 500 individually-numbered vehicles, all of which will be offered for customers to purchase – 101 of them in the UK.
The new Focus RS500 features a muscular 350 PS 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine, which generates 15 per cent more power than the standard Focus RS
Each RS500 will carry a metal plaque on the centre console, hand-engraved with a unique identification number from 001 to 500.
To provide the RS500 with a fitting power unit, the 305 PS turbocharged Duratec RS 2.5-litre engine from the standard Focus RS has been upgraded to deliver significantly more top-end and mid-range power, but without compromising the base engine’s strength and responsiveness at lower revs.
Peak power is increased by 45PS to 350PS at 6,000rpm, while torque has been increased from 440 to 460Nm, delivered across a broad speed range from 2,500 to 4,500rpm.
FORD FOCUS RS500 – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
0-100km/h 5.6sec (0-60mph 5.4sec, 0-100mph 12.2sec) Max speed 265 km/h (165 mph)
Max power 350 PS at 6,000rpm
Max Torque 460Nm at 2,500 to 4,500rpm
All other technical specifications match those of the Ford Focus RS.