Ford Announces 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition

Ford Announces 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition

Ford Announces 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition

Ford Performance has not only produced a victor, it has recognized the interest from fans worldwide.

This new RS Option Pack looks to be the United Kingdom and Europe take on the new Focus RS Limited Edition just launched in the US.

Not long for this world, Ford is sending off the Focus RS with a limited edition model for 2018. The 2.3-liter, 350 horsepower EcoBoost engine is the same, as is the drift mode which has seen an upsetting number of RS end up in ditches as eager drivers find going sideways has its drawbacks.

The final edition RS gets a new Quaife mechanical-slip differential for better torque delivery in low-grip situations.

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. A rear roof spoiler sports a gloss black finish, with blue RS logos on the side wings. The blue theme is continued on the 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels that will get blue RS center caps.

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Passion from the enthusiast community led Ford to introduce an exclusive new version of its critically acclaimed Focus RS for North America.

The special RS models will also feature carbon fiber skin on the door handles, handbrake lever and turbo boost gauge surround, while equipment from the RS2 Package is standard, offering black leather-trimmed RECARO seats with Miko-Dinamica eco-friendly suede microfiber inserts and RS logo, heated front seats with eight-way power driver's seat, heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors and voice-activated navigation system. This is the last batch of the current-generation Focus RS, ever.

Combined with torque vectoring control, which automatically dabs the front brakes to limit wheel spin, and all-wheel drive, the upshot is even more speed carried through a corner. 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.

Ford will offer 1,000 copies of the '18 Focus RS in the USA and 500 in Canada, with pricing expected to be in the $41,000-$42,000 range - about $4,000-$5,000 more than a base RS. Ford has sold some 5,000 Focus RS models in North America since the vehicle was introduced in mid 2016, a tiny but enthusiastic portion of the 165,000 Focuses sold in the the past year.

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