• Apr 19th 2010 at 4:20PM
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Ford committed an outright insult to humanity when it only produced 101 examples of the Focus RS500. Even at over $54,000 at current conversion rates, the cars sold out licked-split in the UK, leaving plenty of diehard Blue Oval fans without the hottest of the company's hatches. In an attempt to right that wrong, Ford has released an upgrade kit that will give the standard 305 horsepower RS the teeth it needs to run with the big-daddy RS500.

The engineers at Ford have managed to pull an extra 45 horsepower from the turbo I5 by swapping out the stock intercooler and air box for trick Ford Racing pieces, bolting on a higher volume fuel pump and remapping the stock ECU. The whole kit will set you back around $3,000, which means you could be in an RS500 clone for nearly $10k less than what the real deal would cost you. We'll take ours in Frozen White, please. Hop the jump for the press release.

[Source: Ford]

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* All 101 right-hand drive Ford Focus RS500 models sold out at £35,450 each
* Ford-approved engine upgrade for new and existing Focus RS owners, to meet unprecedented demand
* Peak output boosted to 350PS and 460Nm of torque – matches RS500
* Engine modifications developed in partnership with Mountune Performance
* Full testing and durability programme ensures no impact on standard Ford warranty
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 19 April, 2010 – With all 101 Ford Focus RS500 models snapped up by UK fast Ford fans within days of launch, Ford is responding to the intense customer demand with an officially-approved Focus RS performance upgrade kit.

Ford Focus RS owners can now give their 'regular' 305PS superhatch an extra 45PS and 20Nm of torque.
This allows those who could not secure one of Ford's ultra-limited-edition, matt black RS500s to upgrade any latest-generation RS to match the power – if not the exclusivity – of Ford's fastest-ever Focus road car.

Developed by Ford Team RS, in partnership with Mountune Performance (MP) and offering similar performance to the RS500, the MP350 RS upgrade will be launched through selected Ford dealers across the UK.

Comprising a larger intercooler and air filter box, larger diameter exhaust downpipe and a higher-capacity fuel pump, along with uprated software calibration, it remains the only officially-approved Focus RS upgrade package.

Mark Simpson, Ford Britain marketing director, said: "Focus RS500 has raised the Ford performance bar in every way – it's the fastest-selling model in Ford's UK history, with five times more customers than we had cars for. The MP350 kit has been developed to meet some of this additional demand and allow enthusiasts with cars in standard tune to enjoy even greater performance, without endangering their warranty. If you couldn't get an RS500, which sold out within seven days, this is the next best thing."

Following the rush for an exclusive RS500 in the last days of March, Ford is allocating the UK's 101 right-hand drive versions to dealerships in proportion with their share of overall Ford Focus RS sales.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      All they need to do now is make and upgrade kit that lands it in North America! I'm waiting for mine now FORD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it "lickity" split...not licked...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know every builder is afraid of the car hatches, but this car is EXACTLY what I would shop (besides the muscle ponies). Plus, quality is much better now so all the busted hatch struts and misalignments are really a thing of the past.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we got mustang here for half price, we dont need it here
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Focus and Mustang do not compete with each other in any fashion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is enjoing it, selling out every performance model it creates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Couldn't they have made more money then just, you know, selling more than 101 RS500s?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, they could have. But they already announced there would only be 101 examples, so the people who bought the first batch would have been pissed, and apparently even could sue Ford over it. Obviously in thier attempt to me this car more exclusive Ford underestimated the desire of the public. A smarter move would have been to make a slightly different model, same power, but different options... maybe a slightly more luxurious model (RST?) or more stripped (RSR?) version to get around the legal hurdle and sell more of em.

        But hell, I don't care, I would even the the regular RS. I am just so pissed they won't bring it to the US!!!! My GTI is fun but NOTHING like this beast...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Small nitpick, but does that "$10k less" figure include installation?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I currently want a GTI, but if the Focus RS came to the states I'd totally consider it. Come on Ford, import it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Ford, can you please stop pumping out nonsense like this and actually make your engines efficient like your rivals?

      My mother is sick of getting 36mpg from her 1.4L Fiesta.

      Thanks :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somebody gotta put this idea inside the Fords new SUGGESTION BOX. Bring them to USAAAAAA
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets not forget that the ST and the RS are powered by Volvo engine and use Volvo gearboxes
        • 5 Years Ago
        2.5L Duratec 20V 5-cylinder turbo engine
        It's impossible not to feel empowered when you slide into the driving position of the Focus XR5 Turbo. A touch of your right foot and the smooth revving 2.5L Duratec 20V 5-cylinder turbo engine is happy to oblige when you ask it the question. Turbocharged, it summons a blistering 320Nm of torque at 1600 to 4000rpm. Power output peaks with 166kW at 6000rpm. Focus XR5 Turbo offers driving enthusiasts a reason to love driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They actually need this in the states. After the stang. Which really isn't for everyone there's in any coupe or hot hatch at all from ford They need a new. Cougar
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