According to a Ford insider, the limited-edition Ford Focus RS500 sold out within 12 hours of being revealed, even though FoMoCo has yet to announce prices. The source said that despite Ford being forced to unveil the car 48 hours earlier than planned, it received over 500 expressions of intent to purchase.
“From that moment on people were literally walking into dealers or calling them up and placing orders for the car,” the Ford source told AutoCar. “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.”
FoMoCo is now sorting through the list to provide equal allocation across Europe, ahead of the order books formally opening in May.
Refresher: Power for the Ford Focus RS500 comes from a turbocharged Duratec RS 2.5-L 5-cylinder engine making 345-hp with a maximum torque of 339 lb-ft. That allows it to go from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 163 mph. Only 500 will be made.
2011 Ford Focus RS500:
– By: Omar Rana