One of the hottest and most sought-after hatchbacks on the market is without doubt the Focus RS, and Ford has boosted its desirability with the introduction of a new limited edition variant.
The Focus RS Red Edition (look at the picture, it all makes sense) is the swan song for production of the hot hatch, and the limited model will bring down the curtain in style when it reaches Ford showrooms early next year.
But what’s special about it?
Well, the ‘race red’ paint job instantly sets it apart from the standard RS, as do the contrasting black roof, door mirrors and rear spoiler. Look closer and you’ll spot grey brake callipers behind black-cast alloy wheels too.
Beneath the surface, the Red Edition also features a front mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential, providing even more traction and driving appeal for performance enthusiasts.
It achieves this by limiting the engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheelspin that can hamper acceleration and stability.
This enables drivers to exploit the 345bhp pumped out by the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, and given the chance, it’ll clear zero to 62mph in 4.7 seconds.
Other features include black cast 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, partial leather Recaro shell seats in ebony and carbon fibre on the door handles and handbrake lever.
"Accessible performance at its finest"
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, described the Focus RS Edition as “accessible performance at its finest”.
He added: “As RS production nears its end, we wanted to celebrate with a limited run of cars for those who want to stand out as an RS fan.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, commented: “Only 300 Red Editions will ever be built and if you’ve got £36,296 to hand, you stand a decent chance of bagging one.”
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