What is it?
It’s not so easy saying goodbye to a performance hatchback as special and inspirational as the Focus RS, especially since Ford's previous practice was to wait several years before replacing the icon.
But the matter has become urgent now that a newer Focus range has been revealed.
Ford has chosen to launch two special editions to bid farewell to its quickest hatchback – a car whose performance, if not its price, has positioned it just short of true supercar level.
The limited-to-300, £36,295 Race Red edition announced late last year comes in only one colour, rolls on standard black wheels and gets a standard Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential between its front wheels.
An even rarer Heritage Edition in Tief Orange, of which there will only ever be 50 sold in the UK, has since surfaced – with an exalted £39,895 price. That's £3600 over a Race Red car and around £7000 more than the standard one.
The hike is justified by the car’s bespoke colour and a standard Mountune M375 tuning kit that uses electronic and breathing tweaks to hike the 2.3-litre engine’s turbo power by 25bhp to 370bhp and add 30lb ft of torque. The Quaife diff is in here, too.