Ford Performance has found the perfect way to send its excellent Focus RS off in style: by offering up 1,500 examples of a special “limited edition” model.
Those 1,500 units don’t have to be shared with Europe, by the way; 1,000 of the new limited-edition Focus RSes will make their way to the United States, with the other 500 heading to Canada.
The 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition ships with the RS2 Package as standard. That means that all fifteen-hundred examples will have black leather-trimmed Recaro seats with Miko-Dinamica microsuede inserts and RS logos, with seat heaters up front and 8-way power adjustability on the drivers seat, plus a heated steering wheel, heated door mirrors, and voice-activated navigation.
In addition, the limited-edition model gets a gloss black roof and a matching rear wing and door mirror caps, with standard, forged 19-inch wheels. Carbon fiber adorns the door handles, handbrake lever, and boost gauge surround. Just two exterior paint colors are available: Nitrous Blue and, for the first time ever on the RS, Race Red.
But most important of all, the 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition gets a Quaife limited-slip differential on the front axle, allowing the hot hatch to carry more speed through the corners, and better put the power down at corner exit.
Ford says that it actually got the idea for the limited-edition Focus RS by lurking on blogs, forums, and Facebook groups. Ford Performance Marketing Manager Henry Ford III says the company “spent a great deal of time listening to our customers, speaking to owners’ club members, reading comments and suggestions on enthusiast websites, and even studying various forum Photoshop renderings,” to get a sense of how to better serve Focus RS customers with the special model.
Deliveries of the new, limited-edition Ford Focus RS will commence in late-2017. The current, third generation of the Focus, off of which the RS model is based, is slated to cease production sometime next year.