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2016 Ford Focus RS Sells for $550,000 at Barrett-Jackson Auction

All proceeds of the hot hatch sale go to charity.

How hot is the 2016 Ford Focus RS? So hot that one buyer at the Barrett-Jackson 2016 Scottsdale auctions paid $550,000 for the car. Why such a high price? All proceeds from the sale of the Focus RS went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, which helps research treatments and cures for Type 1 diabetes.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS was offered without reserve at Barrett-Jackson, and quickly racked up an incredible sale price. It wasn't quite as pricey as the $2.09 million McLaren P1 or $1.49 million 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold at the Scottsdale auctions, but it's still a pretty penny more than the car will cost at a dealership. The 2016 Ford Focus stickers for $36,605 with destination in the U.S., with the options list including lightweight wheels with track tires ($1,990), the fantastic Nitrous Blue paint seen here ($695), and the $2,785 RS2 Package that includes convenience parts like a power driver's seat, heated seats and mirrors, and navigation.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS also comes standard with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine good for 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel drive with a torque-vectoring rear differential, and adaptive suspension dampers. Ford says the car will scoot to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

All those parts add up to a stellar hot hatch. When we drove the 2016 Ford Focus RS last month, we found that, "it unquestionably lives up to the RS billing. It does things… no other hot hatch I've driven can do."