The Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition has been revealed for the UK market, sporting a power bump and a handful of unique features.
Celebrating 50 years of the ‘Rallye Sport’ brand, the special Focus RS is limited to just 50 units and will only be sold in the UK, marking the final 50 units of the hot hatch before production ends on April 6.
It’s based on the Limited Edition variant of the hot hatch already sold here, rounded out with grey brake calipers, black door mirrors, carbon-fibre interior trim and a boosted 276kW/510Nm version of the standard car’s 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo, courtesy of tuning company Mountune.
Also distinguishing the Heritage Edition from other models is the special Deep Orange exterior paintwork, which is a nod to the Burnt Orange colour used on the Mk2 Ford Escort RS.
The company hasn’t confirmed whether the extra grunt translates to a faster 0-100km/h time, but we’d expect drivers to notice the extra boost – particularly when it comes rolling acceleration.
Otherwise, the Quaife limited-slip differential and 19-inch forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are carried over from the Limited Edition we get here, as are the partial leather Recaro bucket front seats.
“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,” said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director at Ford of Britain.
Pricing in the UK starts at £39,895 ($70,452).
Ford’s local division has confirmed the Heritage Edition will only be sold in the UK, 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.