Ford has revealed a bright and bold new limited-run Focus RS to mark the looming end of production for the highly-acclaimed hot hatch. Just 50 Focus RS Heritage Edition models will be built, each finished in Deep Orange, and each priced at £39,895.
The Focus RS Heritage Edition is based on the existing Focus RS Edition, and each will be fitted with a Mountune power boost kit, taking the 2.3-litre turbo engine’s output up from 350hp to 375hp. Torque also goes up, to a whopping 376lb-ft, courtesy of a higher-flow induction kit, revised turbo recirculating valve and general recalibration.
Luckily, there’s a standard mechanical Quaife limited-slip front differential…
Other standard goodies include black forged alloy wheels, grey brake calipers, black door mirrors and roof spoiler, part-leather Recaro seats, privacy glass, sunroof and heated steering wheel.
Ford of Britain chairman and MD Andy Barratt said: “The RS brand is hugely important to Ford and is recognised across the globe – however, it has a special place in the hearts of UK Ford fans.”
The Focus is the car that continues Ford’s family car line started by the Escort half a century ago – and Barratt says the RS Heritage Edition has been launched in part to commemorate it. “This latest model is the best RS we’ve ever produced, so it seems a fitting tribute as we approach its 50th anniversary.”
Ordering is now open for the Focus RS Heritage Edition, so be as quick as you possibly can be if you’re desperate to own one. As for the Focus RS itself, it will be a sad day on 6 April 2018: that’s when production draws to a close for good.