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Ford Focus RS Gets Limited Edition Send Off

Ford Focus RS Gets Limited Edition Send Off

It feels like just yesterday that Ford launched the Focus RS hot hatch, but now it nearly time for it to end. Ford has announced a limited-edition RS for 2018 that will commemorate the end of the car in North America. Buyers will have just 1,500 copies to pick from if they wish to snag a special one.

The limited-edition RS will be available in two exterior colors: Nitrous Blue or limited-edition specific Race Red. All cars come with a glossy black roof, mirror caps and rear spoiler. Forged 19-inch wheels with blue center caps round out the unique look outside.

Inside, Ford has spruced up the interior a bit as well. Limited cars have carbon fiber laden door handles, handbrake and turbo boost gauge bezel. Basically all the interior bits that car guys use has been dipped in carbon fiber. The limited edition pack also comes with the RS2 option package, which adds things like leather heated Recaro seats to the window sticker.

Perhaps the most notable addition to the this trim is that of a limited slip differential. This is a new option for 2018 and will be on all 1,000 limited edition RS cars in the U.S. and the 500 allocated to Canada. Unfortunately pricing for this version of the RS has not yet been announced.

Of course, that limited slip differential will be handling torque from the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that generates a beefy 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque in every Focus RS.





 

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  1. Andrew_L
    Tone
    Could be. But the staggered launch helps keep the product line in the public eye. First the regular Focus gets launched and reviewed, and just when everyone is about to move o?n, the ST comes out, then the RS. Great way to keep the model in the public eye.


    Yep that's normally how they do it just like how V models of Cadillacs don't come out right away but usually a year later or so.
    Tone
    donmateo
    I was thinking that, but it seems like they should have planned this out better to launch the RS/ST models with the new gen. I'm thinking like arutherford that the take rate would be an incentive for an apparently "underperforming" company.


    Could be. But the staggered launch helps keep the product line in the public eye. First the regular Focus gets launched and reviewed, and just when everyone is about to move o?n, the ST comes out, then the RS. Great way to keep the model in the public eye.
    donmateo
    Tone
    I think the next generation of Focus is just around the corner. Usually, the ST and RS variants don't come out right away, so it'll be on hiatus for a while.


    I was thinking that, but it seems like they should have planned this out better to launch the RS/ST models with the new gen. I'm thinking like arutherford that the take rate would be an incentive for an apparently "underperforming" company.
    arutherford
    Tone
    I think the next generation of Focus is just around the corner. Usually, the ST and RS variants don't come out right away, so it'll be on hiatus for a while.


    It shouldn't take long given their take rates now.
    Tone
    donmateo
    Why kill it? I thought it was a good product.


    I think the next generation of Focus is just around the corner. Usually, the ST and RS variants don't come out right away, so it'll be on hiatus for a while.
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