New £40k Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition marks production end


The Ford Focus RS has existed for many years in Europe, but those of us stateside just got the 350 horsepower beast back in 2016.

Ford is celebrating 50 years since the introduction of the Escort and RS Rallye Sport brand in the United Kingdom by building a special Focus RS Heritage Edition from the last fifty cars in production.

The RS Heritage Edition comes with a Tief Orange paint job with grey brake callipers, black forged alloys and contrast black mirrors and rear spoiler.

The most obvious difference from other Focus RS variants is the colour, called Deep Orange and available on these 50 cars only. The Heritage Edition also gains the dealer-fitted FPM375 Mountune upgrade, increasing overboost power from 350PS to 375PS, and torque from 470Nm to 510Nm, thanks to a high-flow induction kit, uprated turbo re-circulating valve and calibration.

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After just a few short years on the market, the current Ford Focus RS is ending production on April 6, 2018. The package includes both visual and performance upgrades. The overhaul increases output by 25bhp and torque by 30lb ft, bringing the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine's maximum to 376lb ft.

The RS Heritage Edition goes for £39,895, and although the model is not coming to the US, that price would translate to more than $55,000 at today's exchange rates. On overboost, the auto will make 370 horsepower 376 pound-feet of torque, up from 350 horsepower and torque.

Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, 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".

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