Ford is said to be preparing an even hotter version of the Focus and it could pack up to 400 horsepower.
According to Autocar, a source inside Ford confirmed that the Focus RS500 hasn’t gotten the official green light yet, but many inside the company are eager to have “a star in the RS and ST range.”
If the new RS500 follows the same formula as the previous Focus RS500, which had a 15 percent boost compared to the Focus RS, the new car will pack somewhere around 400 hp from its 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder. A boost in torque won’t be massive to allow Ford to continue to use the same six-speed manual and four-wheel drive system found in the Focus RS.
The extra power will help the Focus run to 62 mph in about 4.2 seconds, while top speed will be boosted to around 167 mph. Getting that power to ground will be a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
A prototype for the car has already been spotted testing on the Nurburgring, sporting more cooling vents and a large rear spoiler, proving at least that Ford is somewhat serious about this car.
Once again, if the new Focus RS500 follows in its predecessor’s footsteps, its price will be roughly 45 percent more than the Focus RS, bringing it up to around $45,000.
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