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2011 Ford Focus RS500 – click above for high-res image gallery

We've been waiting patiently for the digital reveal of the stonking new Ford Focus RS500, but apparently others aren't quite so couth. According to one of our inside sources at the Blue Oval, the RS500's site was breached and the pictures have begun leaking out onto desktops in Europe. In response, Ford of Europe has announced that "Due to overwhelming interest shown for the new Ford Focus RS500, Ford has decided to release more information today." Uh-huh. Admittedly, while we can't condone the hacker's methodology, judging by these photographs we can understand their hurry, because Ford's latest limited-edition hot hatch looks to be a real corker.

Powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder that gives 350 PS and 460 Nm of torque (that's 345 horsepower and 339 pound-feet to us Yanks), the RS500 offers an appreciable boost over the standard – and still bonkers – Focus RS and its 305 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. We're assuming that like the 'base' RS that all that power gets funneled through the front wheels, which, even with Ford's trick RevoKnuckle front suspension and Quaife limited-slip differential, figures to be something of a handful. An entertaining handful, we're sure, but a handful nevertheless. Ford hasn't released full details yet, but the current RS hits 62 mph in under six seconds and blasts to 162 mph.

If you see one of these beasties on the road (you'll know them by the trail of dead their 19-inch wheels and serialized one-of-500 dashboard plaques, and at least judging by the pictures above, their matte black paint), you might want to take ask for a ride – or at least take a picture. The entire 2011 production run will be spread out over 20 European markets, with the U.K. predictably getting the most (101 units), Germany getting 55 cars, France receiving 50, tiny Belgium punching above its weight with 50 units of its own, and trickling on down until the hatches get to the likes of Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Greece (five units each) and Ireland, which will receive just three.

If you're interested in picking one up and you live in one of the twenty EDM markets that the RS500 will be sold in, might we kindly suggest that you stop looking at your computer screen and get on the phone to your local dealer now? For everyone else, you'll want to check back on Wednesday, March 31 when Ford releases more information, along with added frippery like ringtones, video snippets and so on. Top tip, Helmut!

2011 Ford Focus RS500 (Europe)
  • 2011 Ford Focus RS500 (Europe)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How on earth can anyone in Greece still afford buying anything? :P Send their 5pcs to Czech Rep. PLZ!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking car but I think I will give it a miss. It is a ford after all!

      customer pagers for restaurants
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a good looking car! I'd love to be able to afford to buy a car like that! Awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT THIS!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sometimes I hate living in the USA... If ford brings this over on the new global platform, my cobalt ss/tc is sold :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it!
      The color scheme is amazing.

      Put that style interior into the Mustang. I like the Mustang interior but this is much better!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate Ford but that thing looks BAD A$$! I want one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn! Yes, (as some of you have mentioned) AWD would be nice but I would buy one if I lived in Europe. If you have never owned/driven an overpowered car you don't know what you are missing. Some cars demand DRIVERS, this looks to be one of them. I had the pleasure (fright) of driving a '79 911 Turbo many years ago, I learned quickly the difference between a driver's car and a profiler's car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      kick ass little car.

      LFA has the paint job too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I am going to sue Ford for cruelty, not even offering this car in N/A its just not fair. This things would sell like hot cakes (although they may take a bite out of Stang sales). I want one X1000. It looks as good as it sounds and thats damn good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy hell!!! So this is what everyone is screaming about.. the fact thatit's Euro only. As a Ford salesman, I wish they'd bring this to the states. I could sell the hell out of these!
        • 5 Years Ago
        using your own imaginary MSRP? :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do steer THEN accelerate :)

      Seriously, hope this one will give real HP, cause it seems (from reviews) like "regular" RS never delivered the promised 305hp...
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