Before the current generation Ford Focus exits in 2018, the American company hopes to satisfy its fans with its latest offering. This time, everyone is eagerly awaiting Ford Performance’s limited edition 2018 Ford Focus RS which will be released next year. The said performance compact hatchback will cater to Blue Oval hot hatch enthusiasts’ most requested limited-slip front differential and a new red exterior paintjob. Aside from this, the 2018 Ford Focus RS will get additional standard equipment as well as a few touch ups that will definitely set it apart from the standard RS. What remains unchanged, however, is its power (still at 350 horsepower) and the most important part of the RS – the drift button which allows its sideways behavior.
Ford made sure that inputs and feedback from customers and fans are used in the creation of this limited-edition RS. Furthermore, Ford invited a group of enthusiasts for a preview of the 2018 Ford Focus RS and even included them in the launch video. Cool, right? They were in for another treat as professional rally driver and master tire slayer Ken Block guided them through the whole reveal. The launch video is already available online.
In a press release, Ford Performance marketing manager Henry Ford expressed his excitement on the release of this limited-edition Ford Focus RS. To satisfy the high demand for these compact hatchbacks, Ford Performance took time to listen to their customers’ wants and needs. They actually spoke to “owners’ club members”, took time to read comments and suggestions in various enthusiast websites, and also visited and studied several Photoshop rendering forums just to get the gist of what people actually want from the RS.
To be able to give more power to whichever front wheel has more grip, Ford designed a new front differential for the limited-edition 2018 Focus RS – a standard Quaife mechanical unit at that. Having the Quaife unit means that the limited-edition model has the capability to accelerate “harder” out of corners while at the same time, carrying more speed – an ability that the in-stock open differential does not possess. Moreover, there are two available exterior colors for the limited-edition models: the new Race Red and the standard Nitrous Blue. With either of these two, customers will still get the same gloss black finish on the roof, mirrors, and spoiler.
As mentioned, there are additional standard equipment on the limited-edition RS, and what was once part of the optional RS2 package – black-trimmed Recaro heated seats, heated steering wheel and mirrors, and voice-activated navigation system – are now a standard on the limited-edition models. Its door handles, handbrake lever, and turbo boost gauge are now dressed in carbon fiber. Also, the limited-edition RS comes with standard 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels featuring blue RS center caps.
With the abilities that the new mechanical front differential brings, it would be quite a treat to find the limited-edition 2018 Ford Focus RS at the Nurburgring. We’d love to see it compete with the Honda Civic Type R (which boasts a lap time of 7:43).
As of now, Ford is planning to build only 1,500 limited-edition RS models – a thousand of which will find their home in the United States, while the other 500 will be bound for Canada. The limited-edition 2018 Ford Focus RS will find its way to dealerships by the third quarter (fall) of this year.