If you liked the special edition Ford Focus RS500 unveiled at the New York Auto Show and were hoping to buy one, we’ve got some bad news for you: it was sold out in just 12 hours after its official launch. A Ford insider said that "this extraordinary situation occured despite Ford being forced to unveil the car almost 48 hours earlier than planned, meaning dealers were not aware of its existence."
"From that moment on people were literally walking into dealers or calling them up and placing orders for the car," said the Ford insider. "However, because we had to quickly bring the car’s launch forward we hadn’t even briefed the dealers on its existence. It led to some quite confused phone calls between dealers and head office."
The Focus RS500 is powered by an improved version of the 2.5L 20 V DOHC RS engine from the standard RS. The addition of an improved induction kit and a revised exhaust system will allow the engine to deliver a total of 345 hp (up from standard 300) and a peak torque of 339lb ft. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph. The RS500 was limited to only 500 units.
Maybe they will decide to change the name to the Ford Focus RS1000 and allow for a few more lucky comrades to see this car in their garage.