The new, more powerful, limited edition Focus RS500 was launched as the ultimate performance Ford to provide the definitive driving experience for performance car enthusiasts.
Estimate (£): 50,000 - 60,000.
The Ford Focus RS500 made its global debut at the Leipzig Motor Show on April 9th, 2010 and marked the final swansong for production of the remarkable, second generation, Focus RS. The last vehicles left Ford's Assembly Plant in Germany during September 2010.
The new and more powerful, limited edition Focus RS500 model was launched as the ultimate performance Ford to provide the definitive driving experience for serious performance car enthusiasts. The new model was given the RS500 designation to highlight its strictly limited production run of 500 individually-numbered vehicles. The 500 features a muscular 345bhp, 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine, which generates 15% more power than the standard Focus RS and delivers truly exhilarating performance.
In the raw, the RS looked a bit of a 'beastie'. With its gaping grille, 19inch wheels, flared arches, deep diffuser, and a wing that would embarrass a Porsche Turbo, it left you in no doubt about its intentions. However, the RS500 is even more dramatic. The limited edition model sports a unique matt black 'foil' paint finish with matching alloy wheels and delivers a powerful visual impact unmatched by any other production Ford.
The development programme included a dedicated endurance test at the infamous Nordschleife, where Ford 'TeamRS' engineers were joined by three Ford-employed racing drivers, working in shifts, to complete 10,000km of non-stop driving, equivalent to competing in ten consecutive Nürburgring 24-hour races without a break.
This genuine Focus RS500 is number 70/500. The car was built in left-hand drive and was delivered new to Switzerland where it has spent its entire life stored in a dealership as a display item with only minimal use as a demonstrator in the early days.
As a result, the car has covered the incredibly low mileage of just 206kms (128mls) and, as you would expect, is presented in exceptional condition.
Imported into the UK earlier this year, having never been registered before, the car has been registered for the first time with the Ford Type Approval granted and will come with a UK V5C and an MOT at the time of sale.
Recently the car has been serviced with a precautionary brake fluid change and new battery. The car comes with its original unused Service Book, all the keys and the alloy wheel lock still in its sealed bag.
This example is a true collector's item and offers a potentially unrepeatable opportunity to own a delivery-mileage Focus RS500. The car joins a long line of iconic RS Fords and is a worthy recipient of the RS500 badge which became synonymous with success when the legendary Sierra RS500 Cosworth dominated saloon car racing during the late 1980s.
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