Limited Edition 2018 Ford Focus RS Marks the End of the Line

Posted June 01, 2017

In response, Ford Performance will offer a limited-edition model celebrating the end of RS run.

Ford Performance has found the ideal way to send its excellent Focus RS off in style: by offering up 1,500 examples of a special "limited edition" model.

The 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition ships with the RS2 Package as standard. (475 Nm) of torque produced by the RS' 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cyl., a 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines victor. A mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential has been fitted by the Ford Performance team to the front axle, automatically pushing torque to the front wheel with the greatest grip.

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Limited to just 1,500 units in the USA and Canada, the entire crop of cars destined for North America will include a factory-fitted mechanical LSD up front to reduce wheel spin and improve cornering performance.

So Ford Performance has come up with a new Option Pack for the RS which not only adds a bit more dynamism to the RS but tweaks its looks too. The blue theme is continued on the 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels that will get blue RS center caps.

The 345bhp Focus RS is already a serious drivers' vehicle, but Ford thinks the new Option Pack fettled auto will go down a storm with fans and enthusiasts.

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While people have been buying and loving the new Ford Focus RS, they have also been talking about what they would like to see done differently with their hot hatch, and the Motor Company has been paying attention. It joins the RS's existing dynamic torque vectoring, which used clutch packs on the rear axle to push torque side-to-side between the rear wheels in as little as 0.06 seconds. The limited-slip differential limits engine torque delivered to a particular front wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, redistributing torque to the wheel with more traction to reduce differences in wheel spin that can hamper acceleration and stability. With that output heading to the pavement through all four wheels, the Focus RS can sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. And believe us, both Launch Control and Drift mode are worth the price of admission alone!

It's available to order now for the 2017 model year, "marking the last opportunity to order the current generation Focus RS in North America", says Ford. USA and Canadian buyers can put their order in now for deliveries later in 2017.

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