2017 Focus RS500 awaits green light, could have 295kW
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Ford Performance’s team in Germany is hard at work on a new headline grabbing Ford Focus RS500 hatch, but the car still hasn’t been formally approved for production.
Spy photos taken in late June prove that Ford is working on a faster variant of the third-generation Ford Focus RS, however a source within the company has told Autocar that the RS500 is “not genuinely green-lighted”.
Before formal approval is given, the company’s bean counters need to be convinced about the car’s business case. In addition, the team also need to ensure that RS500 production won’t severely impact on the output of regular Focus RS models.
If the June prototype proves to be an accurate reflection of the final car, the RS500 will feature bonnet vents and extra cooling intakes for an uprated engine.
In its second-generation guise, the RS500 had around 15 percent more power than the contemporary RS. If Ford provides a similar bump this time around, the RS’ 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder would see its output increase from 257kW to 295kW.
To save itself the hassle of re-engineering the six-speed manual and all-wheel drive setup, torque increases will likely be more modest. Other changes could include semi-slick tyres, and an electronically operated limited-slip front differential.
If the RS500 is given the go-ahead, expect it to be launched during the second quarter of 2017, with total output limited to just 500 units worldwide.
Again, if the previous generation RS500 is any guide, expect the new car to cost a pretty penny. In the UK, the old RS500 carried a premium of around 45 percent over the run-of-the-mill RS.
- Derek Fung, caradvice.com.au