The Ford Focus RS bows out with the 370bhp Heritage Edition
Ford has announced that the end of the current RS model is coming this April with a limited run dash of colour to say goodbye.....
Prepare to be sad, it’s been officially announced that the Ford Focus RS will cease production in April 2018. To celebrate this very sad event, Ford will build 50 final Heritage Edition versions, all will come in a special “Deep Orange” hue with an array of additional performance parts.
This special final run of cars also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort, paying homage to the introduction of the RS brand to the UK.
Based on the recent “RS Edition,” all feature black-forged alloy wheels, grey-finish brake callipers, contrasting black door mirrors with matching rear spoiler, partial leather Recaro seats and carbon fibre trim, so everyone knows you’re driving something a bit special.
Very very "Deep Orange"
To match all of this added hot hatch-ness, the Heritage Edition RS gets a power bump in the form of a Mountune FPM375 upgrade. This setup includes a high-flow induction kit, uprated turbo re-circulating valve and re-calibration of the ECU.
This raises power from 350PS (345bhp) to 375PS (370bhp), with torque going up from 470Nm (346lb-ft) to 510Nm (376lb-ft), and the addition of a mechanical Quaife limited-slip front differential ensuring that drivers can lay down all of that extra fury to the road.
According to Ford, the addition of this LSD “redistributes torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheelspin that can hamper acceleration and stability,” while allowing drivers to use all of the power from the turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost motor in “high-performance driving situations.”
So sad, thanks for the memories.....
We have driven the Focus RS several times in recent years; it is without a doubt a storming hot hatch that will go down as one of the greats. So much so, that Ford is giving us the Final Edition model very soon so that we can say a (very) tearful goodbye to it.
The next generation Ford Focus is expected to break cover in the coming months. But as usual with these things, the hotter version will not be revealed until around 12-24 months into the models life-cycle., or around 2020 if we are lucky.
If you want one then you’d better be quick as only 50 examples will be built exclusively for the UK, with each costing £39,985.
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