Ford marks 50th anniversary of the RS brand

Ford marks 50th anniversary of the RS brand

It is not known whether Ford Australia will introduce a special Focus RS to mark the end of the production run.

After just a few short years on the market, the current Ford Focus RS is ending production on April 6, 2018.

What makes it special?

With a insane 276kW and 510Nm thanks to a dealer-fitted FPM375 Mountune upgrade, the Focus RS Heritage Edition is a little more grunty than our local 257kW/470Nm Focus RS Limited Edition.

As this is a UK-only model, all 50 cars will be right hand drive.

It, like the 49 Focus RSs built before it, will all assume a special identity: Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition.

Each will be finished in a unique Tief Orange body colour, along with grey brake callipers behind black forged alloy wheels and the RS Edition's trademark contrasting black door mirrors and rear spoiler.

Inside the auto are Recaro seats, heated steering wheel, privacy glass, rear parking sensor, and a sunroof.

This results in a jump from 345bhp and 470Nm to 370bhp and 510Nm of torque.

Ford of Britain chairman and managing director Andy Barratt says it's significant that the last RS of the current generation Focus will be specifically for the UK.

Performance figures weren't quoted, but there should be very little difference than that listed for a stock RS with the Mountune pack added - a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a 266 km/h top whack.

Just like the previous "Edition" versions of the RS, the Heritage Edition comes with the Quaife limited slip diff, but it also gets a bit more power.

Ford's local division has confirmed the Heritage Edition will only be sold in the United Kingdom, meaning we'll have to make do with the remainder of the RS Limited Editions - which are listed at $56,990 before on-road costs. "This latest model is the best RS we've ever produced, so it seems a fitting tribute as we approach its 50 anniversary".



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