Despite shunning four-wheel drive as many thought the car would have, Ford introduced its RevoKnuckle front suspension. Together with a Quaife limited-slip differential, the front-drive RS easily coped with the power to deliver 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and a 163mph top speed.
Ford Switzerland came up with its own WRC Edition limited run and Ford France created five Le Mans Classic versions to commemorate the company's past victories at the 24 Hours race. However, it was Ford itself who came up with the ultimate limited edition RS Mk2 in the shape of the RS500 that cost £35,450.
Other changes for the RS500 include a numbered plaque in the centre console, matt black paint finish for the body and wheels, and red brake calipers.
Today, the best RS500s cost around £40,000 for immaculate, low mileage cars that will appeal to collectors, while even more used ones are holding steady at £34,000. Standard RS Mk2 prices begin at £17,000 for higher mileage examples with full history and reach up to £26,000 for late 2011-registered cars.
"I absolutely adore my Mk2 RS. From a petrolhead's perspective it ticks all the boxes. It's quick, sounds and looks awesome and I can get a week's shopping in the boot. What's not to like? Anyone thinking of buying a junior supercar should take a test drive. The sound of the turbo on the overrun never fails to put a smile on my face."