Ford Focus ST500 revealed with 221hp

Ford Focus ST500 revealed with 221hp

Ford of UK has just announced the arrival of the brand new special edition Ford Focus ST. Based on the new 2008 Ford Focus in the UK, the Ford Focus ST500 will come with a price tag of £20,495 ($43,108) and a limited production of 500 units.

Powered by a 2.5 liter Duratec engine the Ford Focus ST500 produces 221 horsepower.

Based on the Focus ST3, all ST500 models will come in metallic black with a classic silver bonnet, roof and side stripes which are influenced by the GT40 in the 1-2-3 victory at the LeMans in 1966.

Click through for the press release.

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 07 November, 2007 ““ Ford has announced the arrival of a new special edition of the high performance Focus ST. Called the Focus ST500, and priced from £20,495, it will be available to just 500 UK customers.

The Ford Focus ST500 is based on the top-of-the-range Focus ST3 with the addition of unique features. All models are finished in metallic black with classic silver bonnet, roof and side stripes which are designed to echo the livery of the winning GT40 in the 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966.

Power comes from the Focus ST’s acclaimed 20-valve five-cylinder Duratec 2.5 engine, which develops 225PS at 6,100rpm and 320Nm of torque at just 1,600rpm. Since its introduction in 2005, the Focus ST has established itself as one of the finest “hot hatchbacks” ever made and received critical acclaim from the specialist media and enthusiast customers alike.

With sales of over 13,500, the Ford Focus ST is now firmly positioned as the most sought after performance hatchback in the UK, and reflects the motorsport success of the all-conquering Focus RS WRC, which saw Ford take the 2006 WRC manufacturer’s title, and which currently heads the 2007 World Rally Championship.

Included in the Focus ST500’s unique specification are scarlet leather Recaro sports seats and matching upholstery, special ST500 badging, automatic Xenon high-intensity headlamps, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and solar-reflect windscreen.

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