According to Autocar, Ford of Europe was caught off guard after having to release its newly upgraded and limited edition Focus RS500 two days early, following a hacker leaking photos from the model's micro site.
Ford's initial plan was to slowly release images and video of the newest iteration of its hottest hatch yet, but an unknown hacker managed to break into Ford's RS500 micro site and forced the automaker to begin the release two days early. As a result, dealers were swamped with customers both calling and walking in, hoping to reserve an RS500 for themselves.
The same insider says that Ford received over 500 customers voicing their intention to purchase the car in the U.K., despite the total number of cars being available for all of Europe being limited to 500. Ford hasn't announced pricing for the current Focus RS's final hurrah, leaving some hope for those who didn't quite make the list of the initial 500, should the price send some hopefuls elsewhere.
Possibly in an effort to offset the increase in power from 300 to 345 horsepower, and from 325 to 339 lb-ft of torque, Ford will tone down the bright blue and green paint colors previously available on the Focus RS, opting instead for a stealthy matte black primary color with gloss black accents. Ford says that it will send the RS500 from its factory coated in traditional high-gloss black to a special 3M facility in Frankfurt, Germany, where a matte black film will be placed over the majority of the vehicle's body panels - leaving gloss black surfaces on the lower grille, splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser.
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