Spy photographers at the Nurburgring have spotted what could be the test mule for the new RS500. Whilst nothing official has been released, the photos suggest that the front end has been subtly redesigned to feature altered air intakes to allow more air to the engine, along with a black bonnet to help dissipate heat. It is also expected that Ford will lighten the chassis, following in the footsteps of the previous Focus RS500 – which featured the same power output as the current generation RS. It is therefore probable that the power levels will be further increased, possibly nearer 376bhp to compete with the Mercedes A45 AMG.
With no official information, it is unknown when the new RS500 will be released, more than likely being some time next year.
The RS500 name also has its own history, most recently with the 2010 Focus RS500, and before that the Sierra Cosworth RS500. Both were produced in limited runs of 500 only, so it can be expected that Ford will follow tradition and build only 500 of the fastest hot hatches on the market.
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