It hardly feels like the third-generation Ford Focus RS has been with us for its third year, but with the all-new Focus hatch nearing its port final of call, its time for the RS to bow out along with the rest of the C346 range. To commemorate this, the American automaker has announced a limited run of 50 units named the Heritage Edition.
Here comes the really unfortunate bit: none of those exclusive 50 examples will be making their way to customer hands outside of the UK. The special run-out variant will come in a special exterior colour called Tief Orange, meant as a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Escort nameplate in Britian, a model that was succeeded by the Focus in many ways.
Like the RS Limited Edition, the rest of its differentiators are cosmetic, such as the contrast black forged alloys, black door mirrors, black rear spoiler, and brake callipers that buck the trend by being coloured in a bland grey finish.
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol four-cylinder does, thankfully, receive an upgrade. Its increased output to 278kW (over 257kW) and 510Nm (up from 440Nm) comes courtesy of the FPM375 stage kit from Mountune, which has been factory approved by Ford’s warranty program.
Even when left stock, the all-wheel drive Focus RS can sprint to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds. With the upgraded powerplant, we expect it to drop to around 4.5 seconds, which is what similar upgrade kits promise to deliver under those numbers. Like the Limited Edition, the Heritage comes with that fan favourite Quaife limited slip differential.
The third-generation Focus RS is due to cease production this April, and given the timing, this Heritage Edition will indeed be the final hoorah. However, give that that Ford is expected to unveil their all-new Focus hatch come March at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s quite likely that we could see an all-new generation RS start to take shape within this year.