We get Ford’s fears and understand why the automaker is hesitant to build the RS500. Not many automakers build special editions of special editions. Also, three hot hatches in one model lineup (Focus ST, RS and RS500) sounds a bit too ambitious for America, at least right now. Still, we’d love to see the RS offered in “lite” guise, perhaps as a track-focused monster. We originally said Ford should cut weight instead of adding power
. An ultra-limited track edition, something along the lines of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
, would let Ford flex its muscles in an atypical way, with power taking a backseat to on-track performance and precision. That being said, 30% is still almost a 1/3 shot, so let’s not write off the Focus RS500 as we know it just yet.