Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition is a £39,895 orange crush

Just 50 will be built to mark the end of Focus RS production

Ford Focus RS Heritage EditionFord 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…

Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition

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.

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Richard Aucock
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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