Ford Focus RS To Bow Out After Heritage Edition For UK

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The Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition has been revealed for the United Kingdom market, sporting a power bump and a handful of unique features.

Ford in the United Kingdom will offer a run of 50 special Focus RS Heritage Edition models to mark the end of production, all of them finished in the same orange color dubbed Tief Orange, German for "Deep Orange".

Motor Authority has reported that Ford will cease production of its ballistic Focus RS hot hatch on the 6 of April, 2018. The final 50 right-hand drive models from Ford's plant in Germany will be Heritage Editions. Fordannounced the car's end previous year along with a limited edition model, but the actual finale has been unclear until now. "This latest model is the best RS we've ever produced, so it seems a fitting tribute as we approach its 50th anniversary".

Complementing the striking finish is a host of exterior upgrades, including grey brake callipers behind black alloy wheels, with black-painted door mirrors and a rear spoiler topping off the look.

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In your face orange paint job aside, the Focus RS Edition gets a Monotune engine upgrade that increases power from 260kW to 275kW.

Inside, front passengers are wrapped in Recaro bucket seats with partial leather, and enjoy a sunroof and privacy glass, while the driver gets cruise control with speed limiter, a heated steering wheel, and rear parking sensors.

The auto also gets a front mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD) to redistribute torque more effectively to the wheels, and the unit is integrated with standard Focus RS driving technologies such as dynamic torque vectoring and torque vectoring control. Meanwhile, the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 gets a Mountune performance kit that lifts output from the standard 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet to 370 hp and 376 lb-ft.

Ford Australia also took the opportunity to re-confirm that the current RS Limited Edition is the final version to be made available in Australia for the current-gen RS.