2017 Ford Focus RS500 could reach 400bhp

Ford is expected to launch a hardcore version of its AWD mega-hatch next year; priced at £45.000

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A high-performance Ford Focus RS500 is awaiting the final production go-ahead for a launch next spring.

The limited-run RS500 is under development in Germany by Ford Performance as one of 12 high-performance models due before 2020.

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Top-10 fastest cars made in USA

Tesla.jpg10. Tesla P90D (155 miles per hour)

Yes, the P90D is limited to a top speed of “just”155 miles per hour, just like a full-size SUV from Mercedes. But unlike other cars in the 155 club (a common top speed for limited cars), the P90D has 762 horsepower and can sprint from zero to 60 in an eye-watering 2.8 seconds. Top speed be damned, the P90D is just plain quick.

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Seven out of 10 New Ford GTs Are Going to Previous GT Owners

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When Ford finally sent out letters to applicants who had been chosen to purchase the new Ford GT, the list of people who announced they’d gotten one was almost as controversial as the list of people who announced they hadn’t. And with celebrities like the musician Deadmau5 and YouTuber Shmee150 receiving cars, some people were upset that Ford seemed to have ignored true Ford fans. But that’s not exactly the case.

In an interview with @FordOnline, Raj Nair, Ford’s head of product development and CTO, claimed the vast majority of new Ford GTs actually did go to Ford fans.

“We tried to be as gracious as we could to our loyal Ford customers. As a gesture of our appreciation for Ford enthusiasts, 87 percent of the selected applicants are existing Ford vehicle owners and 69 percent own a previous-generation Ford GT,” said Nair.

Those percentages are definitely encouraging, especially when you consider what he said next. “We created a distribution strategy in an effort to be as fair as possible and are working on a plan that will allow us to make even more deserving applicants happy. Stay tuned,” Nair told @FordOnline. Does that mean there are more GTs coming after the initial run is finished? It definitely sounds like it. And that might also explain why some applicants were waitlisted and not rejected outright. Even the rejection letter hints at the possibility of additional cars.

So if Ford does decide to build more GTs, it’s likely that they’ll be distributed in a similar fashion. Eight or nine of every 10 built will go to Ford enthusiasts and previous-gen GT owners, and only a few will end up in the hands of celebrities. We’ll still probably hear more about the celebrities who got them, but at least we now know Ford isn’t catering to them nearly as much as it might seem.

Mountune tweaks RS: upgrade pack for new Ford Focus RS launched

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Mountune, Ford’s official performance partner, has finally tapped its magic wand on the new Ford Focus RS. The result is a 370bhp hatchback that can outrun an entry-level manual Porsche 911 from 0-62mph – and you even get to keep the warranty. 

So what’s been changed?

Thanks to a few key tweaks, including a fettled ECU and a new air filter, power rises from 345bhp to 370bhp. Torque on overboost is up, too, from 347lb ft to 376lb ft. The RS’s top speed remains pegged at 165mph, but the 0-62mph time is cut by two-tenths to 4.5sec – outstripping the aforementioned Carrera by 0.1sec. 

Sounds great – but what’s the catch?

You’ll be pleased to here this: there really isn’t one. The upgrade costs a tolerable £899 and it doesn’t affect the RS’s warranty. If you’ve already got your Ford then you can have the upgrade retrofitted at any Mountune-approved dealership.

Is your Ford on this door-latch recall list?

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Doors could swing open on these six Ford and Lincoln vehicles

Ford has announced a rare regional recall concerning doors that may not close properly. The issue, affecting some 830,000 vehicles, centers on the pawl spring tab in the side door latch that could break and prevent the door from latching properly. This problem could cause the door to open unexpectedly in certain driving conditions, Ford says.

A total of 828,053 vehicles will be part of the recall, with 766,682 sold in the U.S. The recall will include the

– 2012-15 Focus built between Aug. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2015 at the Michigan Assembly Plant

– 2013-15 C-MAX built between April 19, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2015 at the Michigan Assembly Plant

– 2013-15 Escape built between Oct. 19, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2015 at the Louisville Assembly Plant

– 2015 Lincoln MKC built between Dec. 4, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2015 at the Louisville Assembly Plant

– 2015 Mustang built between May 28, 2014 and April 30, 2015 at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant 

– 2014-16 Transit Connect built between Aug. 9, 2013 and Feb. 1, 2016 at the Valencia Assembly Plant

Ford Focus RS Mountune upgrades boost power to 370bhpr

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Previously, specialist tuner Mountune announced its Phase 1 and Phase 2 upgrades for the newly launched Ford Focus RSr – and now the full details of the upgraded car have been revealed.

The Mountune upgrades for the Focus RS add an extra 25bhp, up to 370bhp, and peak torque up to 510Nm – an increase of 40Nm. That means the 0-62mph sprint is cut from 4.7 seconds to just 4.5 seconds, though the top speed remains at 165mph.

The upgrade costs just £899 in the UK and takes just one and a half hours at a Mountune-appointed Ford dealer. It retains the full manufacturer warranty, which is for three years or 60,000 miles from the first purchase.

The kit itself is made up of an uprated air filter, new ducts and silicone hoses, an upgraded air re-circulation valve and an ECU remap. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and a Quaife Differential are also available at extra cost, along with the Phase 2 Alloy Intercooler upgrade.

“Ford has a proud history of working with Mountune to unleash even more power from our hot hatchbacks for dedicated performance enthusiasts,” said Tyrone Johnson, Ford’s engineering boss. “Boosting power to 375 PS launches the already class-leading Focus RS even further ahead of the field.”

Mountune Phase 1 and 2 updates

The initial set of parts included a selection of ‘easy first-off modifications’ including upgraded pipes and hoses, as well as stickier tyres and a new differential. 

All the parts have been extensively tested on the gruelling Nurburgring race track – as well as on the road and dyno – to ensure perfect fitment, function and reliability. Customers will need to wait a little longer for an outright power boost.

The Mountune store is currently listing all the parts – including the Phase 1 hoses and roll restrictors, as well as lightweight 19-inch OZ Racing wheels and a high flow air filter. You can even buy a yellow gearknob, Mountune floor mats and ‘Dynamic Side Splash’ stickers for the sills.

2017 Mustang RS is the first Roush vehicle under $30K

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It looks faster, but that’s about it

If you’re on a tight budget but still want a hot-looking Mustang, you’ll be glad to hear about the latest addition to the Roush lineup. New this year is the Roush Mustang RS — it retails for under $30,000 for the car plus upgrades.

Whereas most vehicles from Roush receive modest to ludicrous performance modifications, this one is a straight appearance package. The RS is built off of Ford’s 3.7-liter V6 Mustang fastback or convertible and is unchanged from the factory. A Roush fascia, splitter and hood give the front end the signature Roush look seen on all other variants done up by the company. To make doubly sure everyone knows it’s a Roush ‘Stang, a windshield banner, license plate frame and serialized engine bay plaque are thrown into the package as well … though it does seem rather pointless and trivial to have a special engine bay plaque for a car that is mechanically no different from a V6 Mustang you can buy straight from Ford.

More “RS” accouterments await you on the interior in the form of a Roush gauge cluster, floor mats and door sill plates. The only tangible performance upgrade included with this package is the Mustang GT’s performance pack wheels and tires. Those Pirelli P Zero summers and 19-inch wheels should add some extra zing to the handling of the otherwise stock Mustang.

In case you were interested in spending a bit over $30,000, Roush has a couple add-ons that might be worth the price of admission. A performance exhaust system is yours for $590. That should make your car sound like a Roush Mustang instead of just looking like one. Higher performance Cooper RS3 tires and larger Roush wheels are available for a bit over $3,000, and other interior extras such as leather-wrapped seats and aluminum pedals can be tacked on as well.

So yes, you can get an official Roush Mustang for under $30,000. If you want some real performance improvements though, you’re going to have to fork over a few thousand dollars more.