In an apparent move to keep excitement for Focus loyalists in the U.K., Ford has begun selling a new, limited edition tuned up Ford Focus ST.

Ford Motor Company, in an apparent move to keep excitement for Focus loyalists in the U.K., has begun selling a new, limited edition tuned up Ford Focus ST.  Only 500 editions of the new Ford Focus ST500 have been produced, and will only be available for sale in the United Kingdom.

Starting at £20,495 (US$42,700), the ST500 is powered by a five cylinder, 2.5 litre Duratec engine.  The 20-valve engine churns out 221 horsepower at 6,100 rpm, and 236 ft-lb of torque at a scant 1,600 rpm.  This is roughly the same power produced by the limited WRC edition of the Ford Focus ST, produced for the Swiss market earlier this year.

The ST500 comes with scarlet leather Recaro seats, matching upholstery, xenon headlights, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, solar-reflect windscreen, and ST500 badging almost everywhere.  Outside, the metallic black car is graced with a silver hood (bonnet, for you Brits), and racing stripes inspred by the GT40's 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in '66.

Over 13,500 Ford Focus ST models are on the street now, just two years since its introduction.  Some of the hot hatch's success must come from the bragging rights associated with its 2006 WRC manufacturer's title, as well as its 2007 WRC table position, according to Ford (of course).

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