Because Focus RS production is slated to end entirely on April 6.
It’s only been two years since the Ford Focus RS went into production, and very soon it’ll be time to say goodbye. That’s because production is slated to end this April 6 at the Saarlouis production plant in Germany. For the UK, Ford is marking the occasion with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four-powered Focus RS Heritage Edition. It also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort nameplate as well as paying homage to the RS brand. Production will be limited to just 50 examples, all of which will be right-hand drive and painted “Deep Orange.”
Black forged alloy wheels and grey-finish brake calipers, contrasting black door mirrors and a rear spoiler complete the unique exterior add-ons. Inside there are partial leather Recaro seats and carbon fiber trim. Other standard equipment includes privacy glass, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, power-fold mirrors, cruise control with speed limiter and a heated steering wheel. Mechanically, all vehicles feature a front mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential and the dealership-fitted FPM375 Mountune upgrade. This boosts output from 345 hp to 370 hp. Priced at 39,895 GBP, it’s crystal clear the Focus RS Heritage Edition is a first-come, first-served type of thing.
Given that Focus RS production will be ending in less than two months from now, it’s possible the US will also see a “Final Edition,” but we have yet to hear anything in regards to that. And if you’re wondering whether the upcoming redesigned Focus will also spawn an RS variant, the answer, for now, is that it’s too early to know. We can speculate all we want, but Ford will take a look at the market in a few years’ time and decide then. And remember, the current Focus generation launched in 2011, but the RS did not arrive until 2017. If that timeline remains the same, then we may not see another Focus RS until around 2024.