FORD FOCUS RS500
Boasting 345 horsepower, a menacing matte black paint scheme and an outlandish bodykit, the 2011 Ford Focus RS500 is the highest-performance Ford hatchback ever created. Limited to just 500 units, all RS500s will be allocated only to 20 European markets beginning in May.
Powered by a 2.5L 5-cylinder that gives 345 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, the RS500 offers an appreciable boost over the standard 305 hp Focus RS. The car hits 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and manages 165 mph.
The power gets funneled through the front wheels, which, even with Ford’s trick RevoKnuckle front suspension and Quaife limited-slip differential, figures to be something of a handful. An entertaining handful handling.
Powered by a 24 kWh lithium ion battery pack mounted under the car’s floor, LEAF is based on a new pure-electric platform developed around the Tiida/Versa chassis.
LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes via a quick charging station. Charging at home through a regular 220-volt outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours. The vehicle’s motor is believed to deliver 107-horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.
The car will be the first model compatible with Nissan’s recently announced iPhone application that will allow owners to monitor their car’s battery level. away from their vehicle, the application will let owners see how much charge is left in their car’s battery, how much time is required for a full charge and, for public charging stations, the approximate cost of a fill up.