Someone Just Paid $550K for a Ford Focus RS

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A custom Ford Focus RS crossed the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, selling for $550,000.

All proceeds from the auction go to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Over the past 45 years, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.

Powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Ford Focus RS features 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels. The 2016 Ford Focus RS comes with 19-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Super Sport Summer tires, a unique RS front fascia and grille, rear styling that includes a redesigned rear wing for added downforce as well as a unique RS sport exhaust with dual tips.

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Inside, the Ford Focus RS has an eight-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3 voice connectivity for infotainment. Stitching can be found on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats, interior trim and gear shift while the RS logo can be found on the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS will go on sale shortly, starts at a much more accessible price point of $36,605 including destination.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Feb 01, 2016

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

  • Red dwarf Red dwarf on Feb 01, 2016

    When cars get auctioned for a good cause or fund raiser behind it, (In this case the JDRF) they normally fetch multiple times its value. This was not just a random act of " I have more money than brains" auction. Perhaps reading into the story a bit more than the bold headline would have explained this clearly.

    • Timothyhood Timothyhood on Feb 02, 2016

      Yes, the new owner gets to take a nice tax deduction for the charitable value of the price, which would be something around $550,000 - $36,605, give or take.