Although it offered more than enough performance for most customers, the road version was not considered adequate for racing so a batch of 500 was set aside for the construction of an even more powerful ‘homologation special’: the RS500. Changes mainly concerned the engine’s induction system, which was upgraded with a bigger turbocharger and an enlarged inter-cooler, while the cylinder block was strengthened. Other components up-rated included the pistons, radiator, and the oil and water pumps. Maximum power went up to 224bhp and the top speed to over 150mph, necessitating an extra spoiler on the boot lid to maintain high-speed stability.
First registered on the 8th September 1987 and having covered a mere 37,000 miles from new No. 263 of 500 is a very special example of the RS500. With 2 owners, the first of which only covered 32,000 miles. The second did 4,000 miles in two years and garaged it until 2014. Its third and current owner from new has carried out extensive mechanical work to bring the car up
The car has recently been recommissioned and has a new exhaust, tyres, fully rebuilt turbo, brake overhaul, new master cylinder and new fuel tank. The exterior has been resprayed due to storage marks. All exterior trim, glass and lights remain free from damage, it has the correct RS500 badges and decals. The engine bay is original and has all the correct engine and chassis identification numbers. Interpro Automotive carried out a full engine performance check over including new Injectors etc … Readings were 100% correct.
It comes with all handbooks and service schedule and even has the very rare complete two part service manual. It also has the original jack. The RS500 must be one of the most exciting road-going four-seaters of recent times.