Fast Fords have always had a strong following and when it came to the Focus MKII the company was only too keen to oblige.
Launched in 2005, the ST featured a five-cylinder, 2.5-litre Volvo engine that was turbocharged for 222bhp and a 0-60mph dash of 6.5-seconds. Identified by skirts, spoilers, and lowered suspension, it was also fitted with a ‘sound symposer’ to feed engine noise into the cabin. Next up was the RS that debuted in 2009, powered by a reworked version of the ST’S motor that fed 301bhp and 325lb ft of torque through the front wheels. In April 2010 the RS500 arrived – limited to just 500 examples, it featured upgrades to inlet and exhaust systems and an engine remap that offered 345bhp. Painted only in matt black, it cost an eye-watering £35,000.
All three models are tempting today, with values ranging from £5000-50,000, but careful buying is essential. Track day use raises the spectre of crash damage, a cast-iron service history is essential, and be especially wary of modified examples – knowing who did the work and how well it was done is important.