The end is nigh for the Ford Focus RS. It may have only been on sale for a couple of years, but the blue oval is calling time on the masterful hot hatch and, on April 6th, production of the Focus RS will end.
Sad times, right? Well, don’t feel too down-hearted because the Focus RS is going out with a bang with the limited-run Heritage Edition.
Only 50 will be produced – at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany – and all 50 will only be available in the UK, so not all bad.
You’ll know the Heritage Edition when you see it due to the unique ‘Tief Orange’ body colour and various noir elements, such as black-forged alloy wheels and contrasting black door mirrors and rear spoiler.
Elsewhere around the Heritage Edition, you’ll find grey-finish brake callipers and partial-leather Recaro seats with carbon fibre trim.
There’s more to the Heritage Edition than just tango orange paint though, because under the surface, there’s a dealer-fitted FPM375 Mountune upgrade, which ramps up power output by 24bhp to 369bhp and increases torque from 470Nm to 510Nm.
The engine bay is still occupied by the same 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which uses all-wheel-drive to vary the front-to-rear torque distribution to suit the current driving situation.
Naturally, the Heritage Edition comes with everything you get with the standard Focus RS – that includes a front mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD), sunroof, rear parking sensors, power-fold door mirrors, cruise control with speed limiter and heated steering wheel.
Ford isn’t asking silly money for the car either with a price tag of £39,895 – a £7k hike on the £32,765 list price of the regular Focus RS.
This Heritage Edition model is the third special variant Focus RS since September, following the Focus RS Edition and 300-only Red Edition Focus RS.