The current generation of the Ford Focus will be axed next year as the new-generation 2018 Ford Focus RS will take its place, and this is sort of a good news - bad news situation. The bad news is that CarsDirect disclosed that the next-gen 2018 Focus RS is priced from $41,995- an increase of $5,000 compared to its 2017 model. It costs more than a Mustang GT premium and is priced much higher than the 2017 Honda Civic Type R's expected $35,000 price tag. But on a positive note, the extra $5,000 will give you an extremely well-armed RS.
If the disclosed price is in any way true, it will be $5,000 more expensive than the standard price of the current-gen Focus RS which demands only $36,995 (including $875 for destination cost). This sudden increase in price might seem shocking, but this 2018 Ford Focus will be released as a limited-edition model that will be well-equipped for the new model year. The hot hatch will have the RS2 package, which is set as an option on the current model for an added $2,785.
The package flaunts a heated, leather-bound Recaro seats paired with 8-way power adjustment for the driver, heated exterior mirrors and 3-spoke steering wheel and will also have a voice-activated navigation system. There's more, as there will be a carbon-fiber trim meant for door handles, handbrake lever and the bezel found around the boost gauge.
2018 Ford Focus will now show off a two-tone finish from its gloss black parts for the roof, mirrors and rear spoiler. Its wing will bear an RS logo on both sides. A newly available exterior color is now offered called Race Red. Furthermore, a new design for 19-inch wheels will be used for the 2018 releases and will have blue RS center caps.
CarsDirect concluded that a similarly equipped 2017 Focus RS would be priced at $41,770, and that's without figuring the performance advantages of the next-gen's hatch biggest upgrade: a Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential. The newly offered mech will let its future owner conquer corners without spinning the inside tire.
Next-gen hot hatch will still preserve its 2.3 L turbocharged 4-cylinder that can produce 350 hp (261 kW) and 350 lb-ft of torque (475 Newton-meters). A 6-speed manual transmission will deliver the output to a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. The hatch can speed up to 62 mph (100 kmh) in just 4.7 seconds. The Blue Oval will limit the 2018 Focus RS' production to only 1,000 units for the United States and 500 more units to be made for Canadian customers.
As of now, we are awaiting the official confirmation of the American automaker. Order books will open this summer and deliveries of the 2018 Ford Focus RS are expected to start in the latter part of the year. And by the looks of it, these hot hatches will likely sell like hotcakes.