The Ford Focus RS500 made its global debut at the Leipzig Motor Show on April 9th, 2010 and marked the final swansong for production of the remarkable, second generation, Focus RS. The last vehicles left Ford’s Assembly Plant in Germany during September 2010.
The new and more powerful, limited edition Focus RS500 model was launched as the ultimate performance Ford to provide the definitive driving experience for serious performance car enthusiasts. The new model was given the RS500 designation to highlight its strictly limited production run of 500 individually-numbered vehicles. The 500 features a muscular 345bhp, 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine, which generates 15% more power than the standard Focus RS and delivers truly exhilarating performance.
In the raw, the RS looked like an aggressive ‘hot hatch’ with its gaping grille, 19inch wheels, flared arches, deep diffuser, and a wing that would embarrass a Porsche Turbo; it left you in no doubt about its intentions. However, the RS500 is even more dramatic. The limited edition model sports a unique matt black ‘foil’ paint finish with matching alloy wheels and delivers a powerful visual impact unmatched by any other production Ford.
The development programme included a dedicated endurance test at the infamous Nordschleife, where Ford ‘TeamRS’ engineers were joined by three Ford-employed racing drivers, working in shifts, to complete 10,000km of non-stop driving, equivalent to competing in ten consecutive Nürburgring 24-hour races without a break.
Number 60 of only 500 made, this superb and rare example is supplied with an excellent history file, original manuals and service book. Having covered just 53,000 miles from new it is described to be in excellent condition throughout.