But now, apparently 500 is still too high a production number for what is essentially a family car with a bit of extra poke, so an even more exclusive version is on the way. Only 50 will be sold exclusively in the U.K., and this time it's orange.
Everyone remembers the Mk. II Focus ST – you couldn't drive five miles without seeing one of those in bright orange at one point. Strangely, however, the ST's bigger RS brother has never been offered in such a hue during its 16-year, three-generation lifetime... Until now.
Like the Red Edition, the orange one – which they're dubbing the Heritage Edition to commemorate 50 years of the Escort, the car the Focus replaced, comes with a front mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD).
The Heritage Edition also comes with a FPM375 Mountune engine upgrade. The dealer-fitted enhancement increases overboost which ups the power from 345 horsepower to a touch under 370 hp. Torque is also boosted from 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) lb-ft to 376 lb-ft (510 Nm), thanks to a high-flow induction kit, uprated turbo re-circulating valve and calibration.
It's not just performance upgrades though, as well as that bright paintwork, there are a handful of other visual enhancements, too, like grey brake callipers, black forged alloy wheels, contrasting black door mirrors, and a black rear spoiler. You'll also find partial leather Recaro seats, and privacy glass. As for toys, the Heritage doesn't come with too many with it being more of a drivers' car, but there is a sunroof, rear parking sensors, power-fold door mirrors, cruise control with speed limiter, and heated steering wheel.
The Focus RS is already an impressive car, but with the added performance (and paint), it's got big appeal.
The price is rather big as well. There's no easy way of saying this. It's £39,895 (approximately $55,330).
So if you fancy a Ford Focus for this kind of money, this is the perfect car for you, unless you'd prefer to be more subtle.
Gallery: Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition
FORD FOCUS RS BOWS OUT WITH JUST 50 EXAMPLES OF HERITAGE EDITION FOR UK MARKET
- Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition marks 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort and pays homage to introduction of RS brand to UK
- Focus RS production ends 6th April 2018
- Final 50 right-hand drive units from Saarlouis plant, Germany will be Heritage Edition
- Based on RS Edition with unique ‘Deep Orange’ exterior body colour
- RS Heritage Edition features black-forged alloy wheels and grey-finish brake callipers, contrasting black door mirrors and rear spoiler, partial leather Recaro seats and carbon fibre trim, plus mechanical Quaife limited-slip front differential and FPM375 Mountune power upgrade
- Final 50 Heritage edition models priced at £39,895
BRENTWOOD, Essex, February 14, 2018 – Ford has announced a limited run of 50 Heritage Edition Focus RS models, exclusive to the UK market, before production stops altogether on 6th April 2018.
Following the announcement of the “RS Red Edition” in December, just 50 RS Heritage Edition models will be produced in a unique “Tief Orange” (“Deep Orange”) body colour, marking 50 years of the Escort nameplate in the UK and commemorating the most iconic model of its line, the RS.
In addition to the Deep Orange exterior colour, the Heritage Edition features grey brake callipers behind black forged alloy wheels and the RS Edition’s trademark contrasting black door mirrors and rear spoiler. It also comes equipped with partial leather Recaro seats, privacy glass, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, power-fold door mirrors, cruise control with speed limiter and heated steering wheel.
All Focus RS Edition models features a front mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD), providing heightened dynamic sensation for performance driving enthusiasts. The Heritage Edition also gains the dealer-fitted FPM375 Mountune upgrade, increasing overboost power from 350PS to 375PS, and torque from 470Nm to 510Nm, thanks to a high-flow induction kit, uprated turbo re-circulating valve and calibration. The RS Heritage Edition will be priced at £39,895.
Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain, 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. This latest model is the best RS we’ve ever produced, so it seems a fitting tribute as we approach its 50th anniversary.”
The Focus RS Edition has been developed by Ford Performance engineers and evaluated at locations across the globe to enhance the traction and responsiveness using a Quaife LSD for the front axle.
The mechanical LSD limits engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheelspin that can hamper acceleration and stability.
By controlling the torque delivered to each front wheel, the Focus RS Edition’s Quaife LSD enables drivers to exploit the power delivered by its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine in high-performance driving situations even more, and integrates with Focus RS driving technologies delivered as standard, including:
- Ford Performance All Wheel Drive, which varies the front-to-rear torque distribution to suit the current driving situation – monitoring inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and sending a maximum of 70 per cent of the drive torque to the rear axle
- Dynamic Torque Vectoring – which uses electronically-controlled clutch packs on the rear axle to send up to 100 per cent of the available torque to either rear wheel, and can switch drive from one side to the other in as little as 0.06sec
- Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) – which automatically applies small amounts of brake force to limit wheelspin at the front axle