10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

4. Ford Focus RS500

We love the Focus ST, not just because it’s a crazy 262-hp hot hatch, but because it’s the fastest one to reach North America yet. Meanwhile, Ford of Europe has been historically selfish with the RS models for some time, including the 2010 RS500, which packs an insane 350 hp and menacing styling.

Only 500 were built, and they sprint to 60 MPH in 5.6 seconds although the real reward is probably the arm workout you get while trying to keep the car straight under full throttle. We missed out on this model, but at least there’s the ST. Ford is hinting that it plans to build another RS model in the near future, but hasn’t confirmed as much officially. Here’s hoping they bring it to the U.S. this time.

  • Rickers

    I thought you could buy the AWD turbo Celica here….

  • Jeff T

    Great pics autoguide! The American market is an odd one though.

  • Laurentino

    Definitely the alfaromeo 8c, lancia delta integrale and Toyota hilux, also the new ford ranger T5 in diesel engine options.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    Oh I totally agree about the new Ford Ranger! That should have been sold here too,

  • Jake

    Hands down Skyline should have been #1. I’m thinking that will be my next vehicle purchase when they start becoming legal here in the states in 5-7 years.

  • Laurentino

    Yeap also the Toyota trueno and the Nissan patrol the 3rd generation until the latest one the 6th generation.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    I didn’t rank these in any particular order Jake, but if I did, I think you’d be right with the Skyline GT-R as #1. I hear Canadians are already starting to import them! Lucky Canucks!

  • Willem Rodenburg

    They forgot the sickest car at the moment! The Audi RS6! These C5, C6, and the mighty C7!

  • Rickers

    I always thought the 8C was sold here.. they’re just so rare. Basically a Ferrari California… but MUCH better looking.

  • Winston

    Three words: Land Rover Defender!

  • Austerror

    Don’t forget the Cosmo had two engines to choose. Twin rotor or the triple rotor 20b. The 300hp figures were a conservative figure as that was the agreement at the time in Japan.

    Yes I do own a 20b Cosmo.