The all-new Focus RS is currently the king of the hot-hatch world, thanks to its awesome AWD system and 345bhp Ecoboost powerplant it’s the car that is changing the rules of the hot-hatch world.

Now it appears that Ford is going a step further by developing an even more powerful version which may or may not receive the historic ‘RS500’ name. The revised version which should receive a vast power increase over its standard ‘RS’ sibling is also expected to be lighter with some minor bodywork tweaks, possibly these include additional bonnet vents as seen on the test mule.

The test mule ‘RS500’ has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring in the normal aggressive style.

The previous-gen RS500 came with a 45bhp power increase and was only available with Matte Black bodywork, therefore we would expect to see power around the 400bhp mark with a single colour choice limited to 500 cars being built.

So will the new ‘RS500’ outpace its higher priced rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG or the Audi RS3 Sportback, only time will tell but if you’re a fan of the super hot-hatch genre it’s a great time to be excited as car makers keep throwing more power at them and making them faster and faster still.

Only time will tell to see how Ford’s rivals will react to this, 500bhp in a super-hatch? We can only hope it happens in the near future…….