The Ford Focus RS is living for the applause right through the finish line.
With the current generation model slated to end production in 2018, Ford is giving the hot hatch a special send off with a limited edition inspired by fans. We can guarantee there’s not a dry eye in the finish circle, especially given only 1,000 will be available to in the States.
“We have spent a great deal of time listening to our customers,” says Henry Ford, Ford Performance marketing manager.”To satisfy strong demand for the ever popular Focus RS, I’m very excited that we’re bringing this limited-edition vehicle to North America.”
Ford went to enthusiasts to get their wish lists when coming up with the special edition. Every tweak comes what Ford learned from, “listening to our customers, speaking to owners’ club members, reading comments and suggestions on enthusiast websites, and even studying various forum Photoshop renderings.”
The biggest deal is that the 2018 Focus RS improves on last year’s performance with a new mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential. It improves grip by distributing more power to the wheel with more traction. Meaning better handling for ice and mud driving, or when you’re just letting the horses run and taking those corners tight.
The engine is still the 2.3-liter EcoBoost good for 350-horsepower.
Another major new feature fans requested is a new Race Red color option, instead of just the in Nitrous Blue.
Exclusive exterior bling includes gloss black roofs, spoilers, and side mirrors. There’s RS badging on the spoiler and wheel caps too. Cabin bling includes extra chrome accenting on the door hands, handbrake, and gauge surround.
Naturally, the Limited Edition comes standard with the RS2 package. So it comes with the leather Recaro seats, heated side mirrors, heated seats, and three-point heated steering wheel. The RS2 packages optional 19-ince wheels come standard on the Limited.
Cross your fingers if you want to be one of the lucky drivers of these sweet Hot Hatches. Only 1,500 are set for production and of those only 1,000 are for the U.S. with the rest going to Canada.
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