Ford unveils Focus RS 500 limited edition

Designed to celebrate the production of the Focus RS model ending later this year, the RS 500 is a limited edition model with a more powerful engine and Rally Sport design.

The iconic Ford RS range builds on the success of Ford’s rally cars, and the new Focus RS hot-hatch continues the high-performance style of the line.

Boasting an improved 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine from the standard Focus RS, the RS 500 delivers 350PS and 15 per cent more power than the standard model.

The power is increased due to enhanced engine breathing and combustion, including a larger air-to-air intercooler, exhaust and downpipe.

Tested on the demanding Nurburgring circuit in Germany, the Focus RS achieves 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 165mph.

The 500 name is significant – there will be 500 models produced and just over 100 models available in the UK. Each model will have a unique metal plate with an identification number from 001 to 500.

Available only in black matte, the Focus RS features a redesigned front grille, black alloy wheels, twin-blade rear spoiler and RS badging throughout.

Ford is evidently pleased with the car, which uses the RS name made popular by the widely acclaimed Sierra RS500 Cosworth saloon car from the 1980s.

"We were determined to mark the end of production for the current and acclaimed Focus RS with something even more special," said Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe’s vice president for Product Development. "From its stunning looks to its intoxicating performance, we have no doubt that the RS500 will be appreciated and quickly snapped up by performance car enthusiasts."

The new Ford Focus RS 500 made its world debut at the Leipzig Motor Show on 9 April.