• Apr 6th 2010 at 4:28PM
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2011 Ford Focus RS500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Well, that didn't take long, did it? We knew the new 2011 Ford Focus RS500 would move fast, but not quite this fast. Powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder that produces 345 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, Ford's hottest hatch one-ups even the already bonkers Focus RS with its piddly 305 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. Considering that the RS is capable of a 0-62 mile per hour sprint of under six seconds and a top speed of 163 mph, the RS500 should clock in around 5.6 seconds.

What we didn't expect was the fact that the RS500 would sell so quickly. With their matte black paint, 19-inch wheels and all that performance on tap, we certainly expected them to be a hot commodity, but if Autocar is to be believed, the whole run of 500 units has already sold out – some 12 hours after the reveal. Sales will be spread out over 20 European markets, with the UK getting 101 units, Germany getting 55 cars, France receiving 50 and Belgium scoring 50 units, with Denmark, the Czech Republic and Greece getting five units each, while Ireland receives three.

The best part of the story is the fact that all 500 units are already spoken for, even before prices have been announced. Ford is said to be sorting through the letters of intent from customers to figure out dealer allocations. And don't forget, the order books don't formally open until May. With the regular RS trading above sticker on the used car market, we're guessing there will be more than a few flippers in the initial owner group.

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

[Source: Autocar.co.uk]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      the acceleration numbers are probably under exaggerated, people get much more upset when their car is slower than advertised instead of faster. with it's 'revo knuckle' and whatever torque mitigation they include, should still be faster than the out going 07-09 MS3 (fwd 263/280).
      • 5 Years Ago
      While this is an impressive car, Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 will eat this thing alive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i second that

        the EVO's AWD set-up will definitely kill this car

        It's probably why this 340HP FWD can only be quoted 5.6sec 0-60 times
        with that power I would think it would be at 4.5sec - it's not lik ehit is heavy or anything
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unfortunately the focus nameplate in the U.S. is associated only with the craptastic focus they sold here, and which had nothing in common with the rally racer that was so popular in Europe. So it makes sense to sell this variant in Europe, where the bulk of the rally fanbase exists, where the bulk of the hot-hatch/minicar craze exists, and where the focus nameplate is associated with performance and power. Smart move on fords part, but the FWD thing is just absurd to me, how can you have a 350 hp car with fwd, either rwd or awd is the only true performance setup, any performance driver who has driven all 3 setups knows this much, torque steer and an inability to properly drift make fwd cars an enigma to most real drivers. Save the fwd for minivans and estrogen-friendly hybrids please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Figured it would be a lot faster then that...thats slower then a 350Z much less a 370Z.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't own a Mustang, but the 2011 5.0L GT will walk all over your Playstation on wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 350Z/370Z are both RWD - as far as I know, this RS500 is still FWD, meaning it struggles to put the power on the road. If it had an AWD setup, a' la Volkswagen R32, I wouldn't be surprised to see high 4's 0-60.
        • 5 Years Ago

        1) Considering the IS350 runs about 10 grand more than a GT, I should hope that was the case.
        2) As much as I love the 350, at least you can get a manual gearbox with the GT. Kind of takes some of the fun away if all you have to do is just mash the accelerator...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hi rick,

        You missed the part where ngiotta claimed that 0-60 was based on engine displacement.

        Your numbers for costs are also wrong by about $3,000 too high, but these are totally different classes of cars so you can't really make an apples to apples comparison in that regard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        350z = 3.5l
        370z = 3.7l
        RS500= 2.5l

        Same reason why my Mustang GT, with its 4.6l, is faster than both the 350z and 370z.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And my Lexus IS350, at 4.9s 0-60 (and people have gotten faster), will walk on your Mustang GT. =)

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I know. A 2005 Ford Mustang GT clocked in at around 5.2 seconds from 0-60 mph being heavier, larger, and using a low-tech 15 year old V8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BRING THE RS TO THE US !!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Loving the matte paint and blacked out look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is the business case for not offering this car in the USA? or at least the normal RS version...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't we have these alongside the Mustang GT here in the US?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? Because Ford doesn't want to have competitive competition compacts in the US.

        Which is stupid.

        When Subaru brought the WRX over, and Mitsu followed with their Evo, it would have been a perfect time to bring their RS over.

        Stupid Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the main reason is because Ford would probaly believe this would kill sales of the 'stang. I personally think that people intersted in the RS500 or regular RS are a completly different type then those looking at a Stang GT. I for one would love the RS or RS500 over a GT anyday of the week! Bring it to N/A FORD!
        • 5 Years Ago
        you can't afford this car.

        the price in the netherlands is 61.660€
        you can buy 2 full trim level (half the quality) mustangs for that price and still have something left.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford should have leased them for $375k each.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The allocations for cars have already been published on the RS500 micro-site. UK gets the most (155).
      • 5 Years Ago
      This just proves that demand will come when you make an awesome product. I would love to get my hands on one here in the US. Please...Ford...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford you got your start here in the US, please treat us to something nice and sell this to us? Please?
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