The Ford Focus RS is a crazy car that has quickly become a favorite among car enthusiasts thanks to its pure performance and almost perfect chassis. However, at least in the United States, few people know that an even more crazy version of the RS was made in the past. The Focus RS500 was previously built in only 500 units only for the European market. This very limited model was built at the end of the life of the previous generation and it seems that this will be the case here. However, this time, things could happen a little more differently.
2018 Ford Focus RS Outside
The 2018 Ford Focus RS500 offers subtle visual improvements over standard RS, but overall the prototype has a more raked look than the standard RS. The grid and airdam look unchanged. The front features a more dominant Ford emblem. The hood is also unchanged, but Ford has added a working vent on either side of the center bump. The entrance enclosures are also new at the corners of the front fascia. Functional inputs help channel more cooling air to the front brakes.
The model is much lower than the RS standard. The RS500 is driven on new 5-spoke wheels with a black finish. At the rear, the hot hatch features new design taillights that feature amber bulbs. The spoiler is also sitting lower and seems optimized for additional functions of downforce.Other seem identical to the RS standard. However, the model we captured by performing tests was under a major camouflage, so much can change between now and the release date of the hatch.
2018 Ford Focus RS 500 Interior
Our photographers are not close enough to capture the cabin. However, with the hatch being performance-oriented, I expect a host of weight-cutting measures that can include throwing back seats. The front may include sports seats with a five-point harness.
For an improved driving experience, the vehicle may include a built-in flat-bottomed steering wheel with a host of controls. An RS500 logo will replace the RS logo on the instrument cluster. Other features such as the infotainment system can be carried over without change.
2018 Ford Focus RS Engine
The range of engines will be based on Ford’s 1.3 liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, the EcoBoost that already makes 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque in the standard car. Expect at least three different power outputs to offer, from 99bhp and switching to 123bhp and 138bhp. The first rumors suggest a time of 0 to 60 MPH of about 4.3 seconds and a higher speed higher than 167 MPH. The car could be even faster than the one with an automatic transmission.
Arrival and Prices
If the RS500 arrives in the US market (it’s doubtful, but we hope it does), it will almost certainly be sold in very small numbers. Look for it to order a significant price premium on the Focus RS standard, which starts at $ 36,775 on our shores. This supremely warm trap should start early next year in Europe, with a possible sale date later in 2017.