Ford Focus RS Limited Edition announced

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It will be integrated with the standard performance all-wheel drive, drive modes and electronic torque vectoring, along with the 350-horsepower, 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

Limited to just 1,500 units in the US and Canada, the entire crop of cars destined for North America will include a factory-fitted mechanical LSD up front to reduce wheel spin and improve cornering performance.

Ford announces addition of the Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential in response to demand from enthusiasts seeking a better way to take full advantage of the 350 hp and 350 lb. -ft.

While people have been buying and loving the new Ford Focus RS, they have also been talking about what they would like to see done differently with their hot hatch, and the Motor Company has been paying attention. Black mirror caps, a black spoiler, black roof and 19-inch forged black wheels are fitted as standard.

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Carbon fiber trim and RS2 package upgrades are standard on the Limited Edition model.

"Our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine", chief engineer Jamal Hameedi said in a statement. It includes Recaro seats, seat warmers, an eight-way power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, and voice-controlled navigation. It seems unlikely that Ford would abandon the Focus RS permanently, but in the rapidly changing world of transportation, nothing is necessarily on or off the table. With that output heading to the pavement through all four wheels, the Focus RS can sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.

Now for the bad news - only 1,500 of these special, LSD-equipped Focus RSs will be built, with 1,000 heading to the United States, and 500 to Canada, marking the end of the car's run in North America.

Customers can begin placing orders for the '18 RS this summer, with deliveries by year-end.