Limited Edition 2018 Ford Focus RS Marks the End of the Line

Alyssa Bailey
June 1, 2017

Visual upgrades include a new Race Red paint color option, in addition to the signature Nitrous Blue body color, and standard 19-inch wheels. They have blue RS center caps, matching the logos on the side wings. It seems unlikely that Ford would abandon the Focus RS permanently, but in the rapidly changing world of transportation, nothing is necessarily on or off the table. Still, Ford Performance chose to humor the haters with a limited edition swan song featuring a host of cosmetic upgrades and, you guessed it, a limited-slip differential up front.

If you want to get your hands on the last RS-for now-contact your local Ford dealer to see if you can get an allocation on the 2018 Limited Edition model.

From the cockpit, the door handles, handbrake lever and turbo boost gauge surround are wrapped in carbon fiber skin, 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.

Ford Unveils Focus RS Limited Edition With Sweet Red Paint and a Front-Axle Limited-Slip Differential

Ford says 1500 examples of the vehicle will be sold in the USA and Canada, giving the blue oval fresh metal to tackle the likes of Honda's new Civic Type R. Over the past two model years (2016-2017), the 350 horsepower Focus RS has hurled Ford to the head of the sport compact class and the segment has responded, snatching up the high performance, all-wheel drive compact cars as quickly as possible. It joins the RS's existing dynamic torque vectoring, which used clutch packs on the rear axle to push torque side-to-side between the rear wheels in as little as 0.06 seconds.

This will be the last auto of the current version of the 2018 Ford Focus RS and it will come with a 0 to 62 miles per hour time of 4.7 seconds. United States and Canadian buyers can put their order in now for deliveries later in 2017.

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