Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition - 50-unit goodbye run

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The striking "Tief Orange" paint harks back to one of Ford's most iconic performance models - the Mk1 Escort Mexico - and is now only available on the Heritage Edition Focus RS.

That means if you were considering buying a Focus RS, you had better act fast as the current model is set to cease production on April 6, 2018.

It is not known whether Ford Australia will introduce a special Focus RS to mark the end of the production run.

There's a new generation of the Ford Focus just around the corner, and if past experience is anything to go by we likely won't see an RS version of the vehicle until well into the product cycle.

Reason being, that Ford is developing an all-new Focus, and that suggests that an all-new Focus RS is some way away, especially has Ford has a tendency to release high performance models late in the car's life cycle. Inside, there are Recaro seats plus extras such as rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel and power-folding side mirrors fitted as standard.

It's based on the Limited Edition variant of the hot hatch already sold here, rounded out with grey brake calipers, black door mirrors, carbon-fibre interior trim and a boosted 276kW/510Nm version of the standard car's 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo, courtesy of tuning company Mountune. It'll be £3,600 more than the RS Red Edition at £39,895 and order books are officially open. The package includes both visual and performance upgrades.

Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain, said: "The RS brand is hugely important to Ford and is recognised across the globe, however it has a special place in the hearts of UK Ford fans". That color is exclusive to the Focus RS Heritage Edition and looks very cool on the vehicle.

It, like the 49 Focus RSs built before it, will all assume a special identity: Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition.