Ford Focus RS500: Insane and Sold Out

2011 Ford Focus RS500

Those of us living in the United States are deprived.

We try to make the best out of what we have, and we are truly grateful the Ford Fiesta is finally arriving here, but it’s hard to get too excited when we read stories that tell us how much better car life still is in other countries.

Australia has the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. Europe has the, well, you name it. If it’s cool, Europe has it.

Here’s one more to add to the American wishlist: The Ford Focus RS500.

Powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder that provides 345 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, the RS500 offers a heck of a boost over the standard, but still crazy, Focus RS (which the U.S. also doesn’t get).

All that power gets sent to the front wheels, which is sure to result in some serious torque-steer, even with Ford’s RevoKnuckle front suspension and Quaife limited-slip differential. Still, it’s bound to be the most fun torque-steer ever experienced.

Only 500 RS500s will be produced, and, according to the good folks at Autocar, every single one is already spoken for. Mind you, that’s even before official pricing has been released and just 12 hours after the car’s reveal. The lucky 500 will receive matte black paint and 19-inch wheels to go with all that performance.

Ford’s hottest hatch is definitely worth America’s jealousy. Here’s the breakdown of where the RS500 will be seen: The UK is getting 101 units, Germany gets 55 cars, France and Belgium both score 50 units, while Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Greece get five each. Ireland will get just three.

I know the CarGurus blog has a lot of friends who live in these countries, so if you happen to see a Focus RS500 (or a regular RS, for that matter) on the road, feel free to snap a pic and send it in!

Is 345 horsepower too much for a front-wheel-drive car? Do you wish the U.S. had been given a few of these babies?

-tgriffith

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4 Comments

  1. The U.S. has been short-changed on cars like this for a very long time. Auto companies traditionally have believed that the U.S. market can’t support this sort of special-purpose or performance car, which is crazy.
    They still think of the North American market as a bland, apple-pie, Camry bunch of buyers. But there are certainly segments that would buy, support and promote cars like this.

  2. I definitely wish the U.S. had gotten some of these. No idea how this car will steer and handle with all that power to the front wheels, but I’m sure we’ll find out more when owners receive those 500 already-sold units.

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