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Ford Focus RS 500 on the test track – Click above to watch video after the jump

On March 31 we're going to find out about a thing called the Ford Focus RS 500. The Blue Oval has posted a video of the even-more-hotted-up Focus doing a twilight round of its European test track in Lommel, Belgium. And it sounds rather... fierce. We're trying to figure out exactly what the 500 stands for: Units? Horsepower (don't be silly!)? Something else?

While we stew, you can follow the jump and listen to the sound of it in the video. And if any of you know what's coming, feel free to let us know in the comments.

[Source: Focus RS 500]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      500 miles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there any rad Focuses or Fiestas coming to the states? Given the new global platform, who knows? We might get this.. I have an RX8 that is getting long in the tooth. Best car ever to drive, but gas mileage is abysmal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      500k USD to bring one into the states. Whoopty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm.... It may be my ears...

      But I'm guessing they stuffed the current 5.0 V-8 into the engine compartment.

      And there sure are a lot of Palm Trees along that track for the location to be in "Belgium"...

      C.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You'd be guessing wrong. It's a 2.5l turbocharged 5 cylinder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its the 2.5 for sure and it sounds efffing AMAZING might I add sounds like the boost has been raised aswell the blow-off is far more pronounced then I ever remember the regular RS. I can't stop watching it. IT BETTER COME TO N/A FORD thats all I can say or else I'm moving!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad we can't buy cars like this in the states. I was in the market and just bought a VW GTI because ford is ignoring me :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless that is based on the current model, which I highly doubt, it probably doesn't use the Volvo 2.5L I5 either. Ford is on the verge of selling Volvo to Geely. Why would they continue to use a Volvo engine in anything? Looking at the frontend at the very end of the video it is obvious that this is not the current Euro Focus but rather the next generation body which will also be sold in the US. If I had to guess I would say this one uses a highly modified version of the 2.0L I4 EcoBoost.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You really have no idea what you are talking about. that is a Ford Focus RS MkII (thats the current one) and that is a euro market model, its not the new one and its not an ecoboost engine either
        • 5 Years Ago
        For what it's worth Ford continued to use BMW-sourced V8s in the range rovers for a few years after they bought the company from BMW. Apparently one of those V8s cost Ford more than it did to build an entire mustang...
        I could see them using Volvo parts for several more years as they are phased out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How could you mistake that for a boxer engine, or a V6, or a V8?!

      Even if I didn't know who posted that clip, my first thought would be turbo Inline-5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care what it is-I want one, FORD! As a shareholder, I implore you to bring it into the US! And then give Alan another mil for doing a great job!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing it's an RS with a widebody kit for homologation in some sort of racing series. Limited 500 run and a modest boost in HP. That would be sweet. Am I right? I don't know. It could be a stripe package that uses stripes that are 500 mm wide.

      And the ST has a normally aspirated I5. The RS has the turbo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only person who glanced at RS500 and briefly thought Ford made an RS200 follow-up?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope, that was EXACTLY what I thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford has a large experiment in the works. If you check their web site and price out a loaded Focus/Fiesta you quickly observe the prices are...significant. This experiment is to see if Americans - who tend to equate higher price with "larger" - will buy expensive upscale small cars, as is done in Europe. We've come to expect small cars equal small price, and these smaller vehicles have been geared for the first time car buyer or the second vehicle in a family. This move to up-scale their small vehicles is a BIG gamble for Ford and the U.S. market in general. You can bet other manufactures are watching. Personally, I think they will be successful as the market is ready.

      On this forum there is a lot of negative responses for small cars, including Fords, when pricing gets greater than mid-20s. As this up scale, small car experiment begins, I just can't believe it makes economic sense for Ford to further up the stakes with the RS. Although the thought of a RS is exciting, those of us reading Autoblog are actually a minority within the buying public and even we will balk once small car prices pass a certain point. The customer base for the RS would be very limited.

      Might be good marketing for the brand, but given today's economic conditions even Ford would have to think twice before taking on a loss leader.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This experiment has already been done and the BWM Mini sales numbers speak for themselves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do I hear turbo whine at 1:13?
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