Does the RS Edition and its LSD feature deserve all the media attention? The short answer to that is yes. Let us explain why. Ford today has revealed its new Focus RS Edition together with the complete details about its latest features, price and specifications. While on stage at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new hatchback is seen to be wearing a stunning new look while dressed in Nitrous Blue body paint and fitted with blackened front splitter, spoiler, roof, and black 19-inch wheels.
The hatchback’s stunning new features are also seen along the RS Edition’s more angular and more aggressive front grille and bumpers which are even more enhanced with its massive spoiler and large exhausts down the vehicle's rear section. Beyond the menacing appearance, you will also find Recaro carbon fibre sports seats inside plus a pair of folding side mirrors on both sides of the exterior.
What’s more interesting however is that the new model receives Ford’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine, which is capable of up to 350PS that would allow the hatchback to run from a zero to 60mph in as quickly as 4.7 seconds. Needless to say, Ford has added the latest mechanical Quaife limited slip differential (or LSD) that should significantly improve the RS Edition’s handling and traction more than ever.
Leo Roeks, Ford performance director for Europe has said that the new Focus RS Edition “represents accessible performance at its finest”. The new setup, according to him, delivers better mechanical control and stability. For instance, the new Drift Mode takes control of the oversteer while the Launch control helps provide its optimum performance. Hardcore drivers on the other hand can take advantage of the Quaife LSD which offers additional mechanical grip for better cornering.
Among its standard features are the heated steering wheel, Ford Focus' Nitrous blue leather applications along the Recaro carbon fibre shell seat, some interior trims made of carbon fiber including those on the handbrake lever, door handles and auxiliary dials bezel. Since the four-piston monoblock calipers with Brembo logos come in RS blue finish, the center caps on the wheels are featuring blue RS logos which are also present on both sides of the wing spoiler.
As for the new RS driving technologies (aside from the Quaife LSD), several stand-out standard features include Ford Performance all wheel drive, DTV or dynamic torque vectoring and TVC or torque vectoring control. The RS Edition Drive Modes consists of launch control and drift mode which is Ford’s first drift mode for controlled oversteer on circuit driving. Priced at £35,795 apiece, the new Ford Focus RS Edition comes packed with other amazing new features such as Ford KeyFree System, Active City Stop, cruise control with speed limiter and rear parking sensors.