Ford Focus RS500 Could Pack 400 HP

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

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.

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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.

[Source: Autocar]

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Jim Jim on Aug 15, 2016

    Seriously. Who would spend $45K on an economy-based car like this? Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against economy-based sporty/sports cars. But at 45K?? 10Gs more will get you started with a 4C. If you HAVE to have AWD, an STI or just a regular WRX would come in well below 45K. I'm not so sure who is going to buy this...

    • Joe Blo Joe Blo on Aug 16, 2016

      People that want to smoke zipperheads...that's who.

  • Pee-esta st(d) Pee-esta st(d) on Aug 17, 2016

    Only an idiot would buy a ford.