When it comes to delivering thrills behind the wheel, the Ford Focus RS is more competent than most cars out there. And now, the blue oval is enhancing the hot hatch with the new Focus RS Edition.
‘What does that even mean?’ we hear you ask and admittedly, we wondered the same thing. Tacking ‘Edition’ to the end of the car’s name means the Focus RS comes with unique styling, such as a matte black roof, black mirrors, two-tone Recaro shell seats and carbon fibre trim.
It also comes with a mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential. This limits the amount of engine torque sent to a wheel if it has reduced traction on the road surface. Torque is then redistributed to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheelspin that can hamper acceleration and stability.
All this comes on top of a standard spec that includes black cast 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo four-piston monoblock callipers finished in distinctive RS blue, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, electric folding mirrors, cruise control with speed limiter, keyless entry and start, heated steering wheel and stop/start engine functionality.
Oh, we haven’t even mentioned the fact that its 345bhp 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine can take care of a 0-62mph sprint in under five seconds (4.7s). Yummy.
With a starting price of £35,795, Leo Roeks, director of Ford Performance in Europe, said the new Focus RS Edition “represents accessible performance at its finest”.
He added: “Improving on the class-leading driving dynamics of the Focus RS was no small task, but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the EcoBoost engine.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “With the Focus RS Edition, Ford has demonstrated how the best can get better.
“The addition of a limited-slip differential is a tasty feature. It will make the Focus RS even easier for hardcore drivers to carry speed through a corner on the track.”
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