2018 Ford Focus RS Red EditionFord has revealed the latest RS Edition limited-run model – and this time, it’s painted in Race Red paint, a suitably festive colourscheme for the future collectable. Ordering is already open, too: prices start from £36,295.

The new Focus RS Red Edition follows the template set by other ‘Edition’ RS. It contrasts the red paint with black 19-inch alloys concealing grey brake calipers, and also has a black roof, door mirrors and rear spoiler.

Inside, there are part-leather Recaro seats and some flashy carbon trim for the dashboard. More importantly, underneath, Ford fits a Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential, for better traction and less wheelspin.

2018 Ford Focus RS Red EditionThe RS Edition has been developed by the Ford Performance division, building upon the already-impressive regular RS. Key to it is this Quaife LSD: Ford of Europe performance director Leo Roeks said it “makes it even easier to carry speed through a corner on the track and maximise acceleration on the way out.

“The new setup also delivers greater mechanical stability and control when braking hard, and will help drivers set the car up for power-slides using Drift Mode.”

“The Focus RS Edition represents accessible performance at its finest”, said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain. “As RS production nears its end, we wanted to celebrate with a limited run of cars for those who want to stand out as an RS fan.”

Ford says it will build the 300 Focus RS Red Editions between February and March 2018, with deliveries beginning in the spring.

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