Boosted Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition announced in UK

February 15, 2018

Ford is getting ready to wrap up production of the current-gen Focus RS, as it prepares for the all-new Focus to arrive later this year. And to mark the occasion Ford in the UK has introduced the Focus RS Heritage Edition.

The special edition, painted in an unmissable deep orange finish, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort. Just 50 examples will be made and they will be the last 50 examples of the current-gen Focus RS.

Production takes place at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany for the right-hand drive models. But production has been penned in to end on April 6. Like the Limited Edition offered in Australia and the Christmas edition overseas, the Heritage comes packed with extra goodies.

Buyers get a Quaife limited-slip front differential to play with, along with the otherwise optional (in the UK) dealer-fitted Mountune upgrades. The upgrades see the 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine produce 276kW and 510Nm during overboost, up from the standard 257kW and 470Nm.

Visually, the Focus RS Heritage Edition gets a unique Tief Orange body, with contrasting black side mirrors, rear spoiler, and some grey brake calipers behind the forged alloy wheels. The wheels are also black for that sinister street look.

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. Speaking about the RS brand and the limited edition, Andy Barratt, from Ford of Britain, said:

“The RS brand is hugely important to Ford and is recognised across the globe, however it has a special place in the hearts of UK Ford fans. This latest model is the best RS we’ve ever produced, so it seems a fitting tribute as we approach its 50th anniversary.”

If you’re in the UK and you’re interested in snapping up a unique and sure-to-be-collectable Ford RS model, now’s your chance. Prices start at £39,895.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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