It appears the fate of the hardcore 400-hp version of the Ford Focus RS, the traditional RS500 version, hangs into balance today because the automaker is still looking for the model’s business case.
The super hot hatch version might not see the light of day according to the latest rumor off the mill as the company is still struggling to find the business case for the RS500. Apparently the project hasn’t been officially ditched, but fans need to be prepared, because the unnamed sources quoted by British media claim there’s a slim, 30 percent chance of reaching the light of day. Ford has been cooking up inside its Ford Performance unit a power increase to about 400 horsepower, track focused chassis and a slightly different styling as the model would serve as the flagship of the Focus series. The Internet even showed a test mule being prototyped on the streets, so the development must be well under way by now.
It appears the world availability of the Focus RS is one of the issues with the RS 500 – because it would sit dangerously close in the performance line to the Mustang GT V8 and the Mustang Shelby GT350. The problem is not in Europe, but the US, where there are question marks if the dealer network would want the car. The timeframe is also of importance, with the current generation Focus approaching its deadline, with a new generation expected late 2017 or early 2018.