Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition is the last hurrah

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Under the bonnet you'll still find the standard Focus RS' 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine but here, as a result of Ford-approved tuner Mountune's FPM375 upgrade, it's got a bump in power.

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.

Production of the hot-hatch will end on April 6 this year, having started in 2015.

The Focus RS Edition has been developed by Ford Performance engineers and evaluated at locations across the globe to enhance the traction and responsiveness using a Quaife LSD for the front axle.

It isn't clear yet if Ford will offer a similar special edition model here in the United States to mark the end of the Focus RS's run, though we have received special versions of the vehicle in the past.

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The sexy ride will only be offered in a bright orange color called Tief Orange.

Beyond the model-exclusive paint job, the Focus RS Heritage Edition benefits from a black finish for its wheels, side mirror caps and rear spoiler. Only 50 will be built and they'll only be available to the United Kingdom market.

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 all-wheel-drive auto is fitted with a Quaife limited-slip differential on its front axle to help control the torque going to each of the front wheels.

The Heritage Edition will go on sale in the United Kingdom for just over $70,000 but it won't be coming to Australia, with our batch of 500 Limited Edition models set to tide Oz over until the fourth-generation RS is released.

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.

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