Ford Offering 1,500 Limited-Edition 2018 Focus RS Before End of Current Generation
Ford listens to its people. When customers say, hey, we want a thing, Ford goes out of its way to deliver. A fine example: when fans of the Ford Focus RS took to the internet to suggest some of what they’d like to see done with the hot hatch, Ford Performance responded in kind by culling the best ideas and implementing them into a 2018 Ford Focus RS that will be limited to just 1,500 examples.
“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,” said Henry Ford, Ford Performance marketing manager. “We have spent a great deal of time listening to our customers, speaking to owners’ club members, reading comments and suggestions on enthusiast websites, and even studying various forum Photoshop renderings.”
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So what were peoples’ ideas for improving the already bonkers hot hatch? Among other things, a new gloss black roof, mirror caps, and rear roof spoiler; 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels with blue RS center caps; and your choice of Nitrous Blue or new Race Red exterior.
On the inside, the limited-edition 2018 Ford Focus RS gets equipment from the RS2 Package—including leather-trimmed RECARO seats with Miko-Dinamica suede microfiber inserts and RS logos, heated front seats with eight-way power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, and voice-activated navigation. It will also receive a carbon fiber reskin of the door handles, handbrake, and turbo boost gauge surround.
But the biggest upgrade by far is the addition of a Quaife limited-split differential for the front axle that boosts performance and builds upon the effectiveness of Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive and Dynamic Torque Vectoring with Torque Vectoring Control.
“Our new limited-edition Focus RS represents accessible performance at its finest,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task—but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine.”
The run of 2018 Ford Focus RS limited-edition models will consist of just 1,000 units allotted to the United States and another 500 for Canadian drivers. Ford says that the limited-edition 2018 Focus RS represents the last opportunity to own a current-gen Focus RS in North America before the next-gen Focus launches.
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