As we’ve previously learned, the Ford Focus RS will not be manufactured after 2018, which is a little sad. But what we’ve also learned is that the American automaker has decided to cap off the all-wheel drive mega hatch with the Limited Edition, also known elsewhere as the Focus RS Options Pack (lame).
Thankfully, the units now confirmed to be bound for the Australian market (500 in total) will follow the North American naming scheme. The Limited Editions will arrive in November for a cool $56,990 - $6,000 dearer than the standard car - and like the ones priorly announced in the US and Europe, it brings some extra kit and visual upgrades.
The most talked about feature coming to the Focus RS Limited Edition is one that many enthusiasts have been clamouring for, so it’s good to know Ford listened to feedback from customers all over the world. It’ll include a limited slip front differential from specialists Quaife, allowing these RSes to really claw at corners with a more reassuringly bite through low to medium speed bends.
Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer, said: “Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine.”
What’s more, it’ll come as standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels that wear 235/35R19 Michelins from their high-end Pilot Sport Cup 2 range, previously accessible through selecting the Performance Wheel Pack for an additional $3,500. There’s also some matte black details on the exterior, specifically the rear hatch-mounted spoiler and mirror caps.
Inside, the only differences between the Limited Edition and the standard Focus RS are the Recaro shell seats, whose leather now matches the model-exclusive Nitrous Blue colour. Also worth noting is the inclusion of Ford’s Active City Stop (Autonomous Emergency Braking) and privacy glass.
On the announcement that Ford’s most capable Focus will be arriving in (relatively) healthy numbers come November, president and CEO of Ford Australia Graeme Whickman said: Ford’s performance models are an important part of our line-up, and we’re excited to offer Australians an even more capable version of the Focus RS, which has struck a chord with driving enthusiasts across the country.”
In case you were wondering - no, there are no changes to the turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost motor. Even in this Limited Edition guise, it produces the same 257kW and 440Nm. Of course, tuners such as Hennessey and Mountune offer upgrades that take the output higher, with the latter even managing to keep the warranty intact.