Ford Focus RS500 Expected to be the Hottest of Hatches
We've only just welcomed the Ford Focus RS to our fair shores, and already there is talk of a more potent version. Are we not satisfied with Ford's hot hatch making 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque? Apparently not, because the totally hypothetical Ford Focus RS500 would bring around 400 horsepower to the table. According to a report by Autocar, the Focus RS500 is awaiting the final go-ahead for production, but with interest in hot hatches reaching new highs lately, you've got to think the green light is inevitable. It all comes down to the usual hangups of the industry, can the production facility handle the additional units, and does it make financial sense? If the answer is yes, the Focus RS500 will serve as the car that drives overall interest in the 3rd generation Focus as it enters final lifecycle in the summer of 2017. RELATED: See Photos of the 2016 Ford Focus RS
Grabbing everyone's attention should come rather naturally to an aggressive looking hot hatch, and having around 400 horsepower to play with certainly won't hurt. Speculation on the power output of a new Focus RS500 comes courtesy of examining the output of the 2010 model. That original car packed a 2.5-liter four cylinder making 345 horsepower, which was up 15 percent over the regular Focus RS.
Apply the same technique to the current Focus RS that already makes 350 horsepower, and you're looking at an Ford built hot hatch that is pushing into pure sports car territory, not to mention topping the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback in the power department. I, for one, will be monitoring news of the RS500 very closely, since Subaru seems intent on limiting the WRX and STI to sedan form only, and therefore, boring.
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