The end of an era nears as production of the Ford Focus RS nears. Ford will cease production of its hottest of hatchbacks on April 6th as it begins to wind down the current generation of the Focus compact car.
The Ford Focus RS has existed for many years in Europe, but those of us stateside just got the 350 horsepower beast back in 2016. With its turbocharged 2.3-liter and all-wheel drive layout, this car quickly bubbled to the top of the hot hatch segment. But now it must come to an end.
Car And Driver has pointed out that the RS death is coming on April 6th, but the regular Focus will remain in production for several more months. Ultimately the current Focus will cease production and be replaced in late 2019 with an all-new model imported from China.
So far there is no word–officially or rumored–as to whether or not Ford will produce a Focus RS with the next-generation model. Our best guess is no given the current state of the car market and the company’s focus on producing performance crossover models, such as the new Edge ST.