The Ford Focus RS represents a bit of a shooting star in North America, where it launched for the 2016 model year and promptly went away after 2018. Hot hatch fans covet the ultimate Focus in a big way, with examples popping up at auction routinely over the past few years and selling for healthy amounts of money. This 2017 Ford Focus RS up for grabs at Cars and Bids might very well keep that trend going, but it’s also heavily modified, making it a bit of a unique case.
That much is quite obvious from the exterior, which has received a blue and black vinyl wrap with head-turning graphics that cover its original Stealth Gray paint, along with a Ventus Veloce carbon fiber body kit, a VIS Racing Sports carbon fiber hood, SEIBON Carbon carbon fiber fenders and hatch, carbon fiber door mirror caps and trim pieces, a WRC-style carbon fiber rear wing, Anderson Composites carbon fiber rear diffuser, Rally Armor mudflaps, LightingTrendz Flow Series underbody lighting, and 19-inch CMST Tuning 3-piece carbon fiber wheels.
Inside the cabin, this wild 2017 Ford Focus RS has been treated to a Studio RSR powder-coated roll cage, Status Racing carbon fiber front seats with 5-point harnesses, a rear seat delete, a slew of carbon fiber pieces including the steering wheel, auxiliary gauges, a CAE Shifting Technology billet aluminum shifter, Raceseng titanium shift knob, Ford Performance drift stick, LightingTrendz lighting, and an upgraded stereo system.
On the performance side of things, the hot hatch’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 has been upgraded with a Precision Turbo twin-scroll turbocharger, a Snow Performance Stage 2 methanol injection system, COBB Tuning carbon-fiber cold-air intake, Split Second AIC-1 fuel controller, Radium Engineering full port fuel injection kit, Injector Dynamics 1,000cc fuel injectors, and a REMUS exhaust, all of which results in an output of 425 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the front wheels via a fortified six-speed manual transmission with a Competition Clutch twin-disc clutch kit and flywheel, as well as a Wavetrac limited-slip differential.
Throw in an air suspension and Brembo brakes, and this 2017 Focus RS is truly a comprehensive build. And while owners of modified cars like this rarely get their money back when they sell those vehicles, this well-done hatch might just come close, anyway.