Ford Focus RS500 Could Be Dropped Due To A Weak Business Case

Posted: Oct 25 2016, 1:34pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 26 2016, 9:16pm CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Ford Focus RS500 Could be Dropped due to a Weak Business Case
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  • Ford Focus RS500 Super-hatch might not see the Light of Production

The 400bhp vehicle might be canned instead of going into production.

The super-hatch Ford Focus RS500 might not go in production. The reason behind it is that this model’s business case is not looking very strong. Which is the reason that it might never be considered as a production model by Ford..

The official announcement about calling off the project has not been shared with the media yet nor has any official announcement been made. However Auto car sources say that that there are only 30% chances of this car to make it to the production.

Ford was initially planning the car to showcase an output of 390bhp along with track focused handling and more aggressive styling. A test model was sighted some time earlier this year which showed that the model was under developed by company.

However a few obstacles have hampered the production of this car. The Ford Focus RS500 will fit with the other performance models of Ford that include 410bp Mustang with 5.0 VT GT engine and a 526bhp Mustang Shelby GT350. Thus the RS500 might be competing with the models of its own company and might be offering the same specs too.

If the Ford Focus RS500 is overlapping with Mustang then it might not be a big problem for Ford Europe. As the company believes that there is enough market for both RS500 and Mustang both in Europe.

However if we talk about the US region then there is a big question on its need in the market. The Ford American dealers might not welcome this car with open arms.

According to AutoCar, Ford has looked into building RS500 lite for European region. However this kind of step might disrupt the budget of other major RS models.

Thus Ford is looking for the decision to either continue with production or to actually cancel it.

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