Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition launched

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Welcome the Heritage Edition - the final version of the high-performance hatchback.

Ford is set to end production of the awesome Focus RS sports auto in April.

What makes it special?

In order to celebrate the Focus, RS models and the 50th anniversary of the Escort, Ford UK announced a 50-model run of the killer looking Focus RS Heritage Edition.

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. Other than that orange paint, the vehicle also gets gray brake calipers, black forged alloy wheels, and contrasting black door mirrors and rear spoiler.

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Inside, front passengers are wrapped in Recaro bucket seats with partial leather, and enjoy a sunroof and privacy glass, while the driver gets cruise control with speed limiter, a heated steering wheel, and rear parking sensors.

This results in a jump from 345bhp and 470Nm to 370bhp and 510Nm of torque.

Performance figures weren't quoted, but there should be very little difference than that listed for a stock RS with the Mountune pack added - a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a 266 km/h top whack.

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. This latest model is the best RS we've ever produced, so it seems a fitting tribute as we approach its 50 anniversary". The 50 vehicle run also pays homage to the first Ford RS auto, the Escort RS1600, which, you guessed it, was launched 50 years ago in 1968.

Based on the Focus RS Edition, the Heritage brings more performance and exclusive Tief Orange paint that pays homage to the similar Burnt Orange colour of the Escort Mk2 RS.