The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition is an upgraded version of the Blue Oval hot-hatch we’ve loved since it was released in mid 2016.
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It lifts the price tag from $50,990 to $56,990, though additions include the Performance Wheel Package that was previously a $2500 option and, more exclusively, a Quaife helical-geared limited-slip differential for the front axle.

There’s no change for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, with power remaining at 257kW – channelled to all four wheels via a single gearbox choice: a six-speed manual.

Ford Australia has placed a cap of 500 units of the Limited Edition, which will be the last hurrah for this third-generation RS.

An extra six-grand doesn’t buy you a faster car off the line – the RS is still quoted at 4.7 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint – and even Ford says the front differential will be noticed more on a track than a road.

So, after an enjoyable blast on a country road, we headed to Sydney Motorsport Park to try both the original third-generation RS and the new Limited Edition to find out the differences on the stopwatch.