Torque-splitting hardware gives Ford’s mega-hatch quicker responses
Sam Sheehan
14 September 2017

Ford has launched a higher-specification version of its quickest hatchback called the Focus RS Edition.

On sale now priced from £35,795, £3530 more than the regular car, the RS Edition gains a Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD) to more effectively split torque across its front axle.

The new LSD is a proper mechanical part, which is the fastest-reacting form of diff available, and complements the car’s existing GKN-developed Twinster torque vectoring system at the rear.

Ford promises improved traction and increased agility with the new set-up. Autocar’s recent test in the RS Edition showed that this improvement did slightly hinder the car’s drifting ability, which is crowned by its Drift Mode that can send up to 70% of torque to the rear wheels.

No changes have been made to the RS Edition’s engine, so it retains the 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-pot of the regular car, producing 345bhp and 347lb ft and enabling the car to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.7sec.

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Small aesthetic tweaks are made to the RS Edition’s exterior. It sits on matt black 19in alloy wheels, which are mounted ahead of Brembo four-piston monoblock calipers. Inside, the car gets Recaro sports seats, normally an option, as standard.

The Focus RS is also available with a Ford-certified Mountune FPM375 power upgrade, which increases its engine outputs to 370bhp and 376lb ft.

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14 September 2017

Matt black wheels (like matt body finishes) look really naff. It just looks like your shiny black wheels are coated in brake dust and need a clean.

14 September 2017

There's a 'Focus RS', and now there's a 'Focus RS Edition'? What is that nonsensical, retarded name supposed to mean? Is there no one within Ford's marketing department that understands the word 'Edition' or has access to a dictionary?

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