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2018 will mark the final year of the Focus RS and Ford is planning a proper send-off to their hyper hatchback with the RS Limited Edition.

The most significant change for the RS Limited Edtion is a Quaife mechanical-slip differential for the front axle. This will help the car corner better and accelerate with little traction loss. Other changes include the choice of Race Red for the exterior paint, various trim pieces finished in black, and 19-inch painted forged alloy wheels. The RS2 package which features Recaro bucket seats, eight-way power driver's seat, heated seats, and navigation will come standard.

“Our new limited-edition Focus RS represents accessible performance at its finest. Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer in a statement.

Ford will only be building 1,500 Focus RS Limited Edition models - 1,000 for the U.S. and 500 for Canada. Deliveries are expected to begin this fall, so it might be a good idea to place an order now if you are interested.

Source: Ford
Press Release is on Page 2


FOCUS RS PERFORMANCE CAR FANS INSPIRE NEW LIMITED-EDITION THAT'S EVEN MORE FUN TO DRIVE

  • Ford followed Focus RS enthusiast conversations on blogs, forums and Facebook groups, which helped inspire the new 2018 limited-edition Focus RS
  • Limited-edition Focus RS to deliver enhanced driving experience with new standard mechanical limited-slip differential to improve performance, unique interior and exterior styling, and new color combinations
  • 1,500 Focus RS vehicles for United States and Canada offer customers last chance to get their hands on this generation of Ford’s critically acclaimed performance hatchback

DEARBORN, Mich., May 31, 2017 – Ford Performance fans talking to each other and posting comments online about the Ford Focus RS hot hatch performance car have led to a special 1,500 unit limited-edition celebrating the end of run of this generation hot hatch. 

Passion from the enthusiast community led Ford to introduce an exclusive new version of its critically acclaimed Focus RS for North America. Ford was listening.The new 2018 Focus RS limited-edition hot hatch adds a few commonly requested features that unique interior and exterior styling, and a new mechanical limited-slip differential.

Available in new Race Red or signature Nitrous Blue body color – both featuring striking new gloss black roof and mirror caps. The rear roof spoiler also features gloss black finish, with blue RS logos on the side wings. Now standard are 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels with blue RS center caps.

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.

To really excite driving enthusiasts, the global Ford Performance team developed a standard mechanical Quaife® limited-slip differential for the front axle that further improves Focus RS performance. This limited-edition Focus RS will more easily carry speed through a corner on the track, and allow for maximum acceleration on the way out.

“To satisfy strong demand for the ever-popular Focus RS, I’m very excited that we’re bringing this limited-edition vehicle to North America,” said Henry Ford, Ford Performance marketing manager. “We have 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.”

A tight grip on performance

By controlling the torque delivered to each front wheel, the Quaife limited-slip differential enables 2018 Focus RS drivers to fully tap the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine’s 350 horsepower. The limited-slip differential limits engine torque delivered to a particular front wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, redistributing torque to the wheel with more traction to reduce differences in wheel spin that can hamper acceleration and stability.

“Our new limited-edition Focus RS represents accessible performance at its finest,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine.”

The new system seamlessly integrates with standard Focus RS driving technologies, including:

  • Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive, which varies front-to-rear torque distribution to suit a given driving situation – monitoring inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and sending an average of 70 percent of drive torque to the rear axle
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which uses electronically controlled clutch packs on the rear axle to send 100 percent of an average 70 percent available torque to either rear wheel, and can switch drive from one side to the other in as little as 0.06 second – or about the time it takes a humming bird to flap its wings 4 times.
  • Torque Vectoring Control, which automatically applies small amounts of brake force to limit wheel spin at the front axle, further enhancing the tractive force available
  • Focus RS Drive Modes, which include Ford-first drift mode for controlled oversteer drifts under circuit conditions, and launch control for ultimate performance off the start line and 4.7-second 0‑62 mph acceleration

Coming to a track near you
Only one thousand limited-edition 2018 Focus RS performance cars will be available in the United States and 500 in Canada, with deliveries beginning in late 2017, marking the last opportunity to order the current generation Focus RS in North America.

The limited-edition Focus RS joins Ford’s iconic Ford Performance vehicle range in North America, alongside the recently launched Ford GT supercar, F-150 Raptor, and much-loved Shelby GT350 Mustang, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

Note: Vehicle horsepower ratings achieved with 93-octane fuel.


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Meh. The diff is cool, and I dig the red, but they should have added what this car really needs- magnetic ride. Every single review heavily criticizes this car for it's brutal ride. That is just unacceptable for a hot hatch. They're supposed to be cars with as little compromise of practicality and usability as possible. Plus, add in dealer markups, and this thing won't be far off from GT350 pricing. I know which one I'd rather have.

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Mew, was cool for the test drive and had some interesting attributes, but at the end of the day, body punished by the ride, there are better deals out there than what this costs.

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

Mew, was cool for the test drive and had some interesting attributes, but at the end of the day, body punished by the ride, there are better deals out there than what this costs.

 

You drove one of these?? How was it??

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7 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

 

You drove one of these?? How was it??

Acceleration was amazing and you get drunk on the race car approach to the car. Sticky in it's handling, nice loud exhaust that let people know you are there. Seats hug you and hold you firmly without you having to hold your body firm. Many things to like especially if you are younger, but the hard ride for what I would state is a race car suspension make for some bruising and intense wear on the joints. Very impressive for what the car is, but not a daily driver nor would I be happy a year later with it. I take my TB SS AWD for a daily driver with fun factor.

Past the racer look and handling, interior had places that clearly they cut corners on and it says cheap. One does wonder how this compares to it's European counterpart that has had rave reviews.

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On 5/31/2017 at 0:17 PM, Frisky Dingo said:

Meh. The diff is cool, and I dig the red, but they should have added what this car really needs- magnetic ride. Every single review heavily criticizes this car for it's brutal ride. That is just unacceptable for a hot hatch. They're supposed to be cars with as little compromise of practicality and usability as possible. Plus, add in dealer markups, and this thing won't be far off from GT350 pricing. I know which one I'd rather have.

...or the Cayman you could buy for GT 350 money...

On 5/31/2017 at 5:33 PM, dfelt said:

Acceleration was amazing and you get drunk on the race car approach to the car. Sticky in it's handling, nice loud exhaust that let people know you are there. Seats hug you and hold you firmly without you having to hold your body firm. Many things to like especially if you are younger, but the hard ride for what I would state is a race car suspension make for some bruising and intense wear on the joints. Very impressive for what the car is, but not a daily driver nor would I be happy a year later with it. I take my TB SS AWD for a daily driver with fun factor.

Past the racer look and handling, interior had places that clearly they cut corners on and it says cheap. One does wonder how this compares to it's European counterpart that has had rave reviews.

I would take both a WRX STI and a Golf R over the RS...

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3 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

@A Horse With No Name

 

I'd take a GT350 over a similarly priced Cayman all day.

We can freely disagree...

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14 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

We can freely disagree...

 

I'm not sure a a 55K Cayman even comes with A/C, a radio, or alloy wheels. :glare:

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I am just really burned out on the Pony car thing. That being said, my daughter and I test drove an Ecoboost Mustang the other day and I was really impressed.

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I rented an ecoboost Mustang convertible and really liked it. It even had an automatic. It was just a relaxed cruiser that could push through traffic effortlessly, yet barely used any fuel.  Actually, I fell in love with it.

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35 minutes ago, Guest AsianPersuasian said:

I rented an ecoboost Mustang convertible and really liked it. It even had an automatic. It was just a relaxed cruiser that could push through traffic effortlessly, yet barely used any fuel.  Actually, I fell in love with it.

It is a mind blowing car for 25 grand....!

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