Ford Focus RS production ends April 6, going out with Heritage Edition


And to mark the occasion Ford in the United Kingdom has introduced the Focus RS Heritage Edition. They will be the last United Kingdom bound examples of the hottest Focus before production stops in Saarlouis, Germany.

Ford says the Heritage Edition will make up the final 50 right-hand drive units built in the Saarlouis plant in Germany before production ends on April 6.

It's time to say goodbye to the Ford Focus RS, but not without a bang. A new Heritage Edition has been launched, with more power, extra equipment and a unique "Deep Orange" exterior colour.

As well as the striking paintwork, the Heritage Edition benefits from grey brake callipers sat behind black alloys, with contrasting black door mirrors and a black rear spoiler.

Inside the vehicle, there's Recaro seats, privacy glass, a sunroof, rear-parking sensors, cruise control and a heated steering wheel all as standard. The upgrades see the 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine produce 276kW and 510Nm during overboost, up from the standard 257kW and 470Nm.

"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".

Ford Australia also took the opportunity to re-confirm that the current RS Limited Edition is the final version to be made available in Australia for the current-gen RS.

Following the announcement of the "RS Red Edition" in December, just 50 RS Heritage Edition models will be produced in a unique "Tief Orange" ("Deep Orange") body colour, marking 50 years of the Escort nameplate in the United Kingdom and commemorating the most iconic model of its line, the RS.

If you're in the United Kingdom and you're interested in snapping up a unique and sure-to-be-collectable Ford RS model, now's your chance.

The Ford Focus RS is now on sale, with prices starting at £39,895 - but act fast, as demand is going to be high for the next piece in RS history.