CAR OF THE WEEK
Ford Focus RS Edition: A Proper Pocket Rocket
Have you ever found yourself on the perfect road, with the perfect company, in the perfect car? That feeling of boundless joy as you carve your way along a twisty mountain road is one that is hard to beat, however fleeting that moment may be. Although we would rather it not be the case, the majority of our driving lives consist of battling our way through traffic on a dark and windy Tuesday afternoon, full of pent-up frustration at the driver in front who just won’t seem to go over 30mph. But when the stars align, and the opportunity presents itself, drop down a gear, press 'sport' and listen to your engine roar. Welcome to petrolhead nirvana.
And you would do well to experience this memorable moment in a particularly special piece of machinery. The Ford Focus RS Edition is an exquisitely engineered, no-holds-barred hot hatch for those for whom there can never be too much performance on tap. The Ford Performance division set its mind to create a car that prioritises maximum driving thrills in a useable package – and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Limited to just 500 examples, the RS Edition comes with a menu of intoxicating changes that take it over and above the already fabulous standard car. A Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential enables the driver to feel confident no matter the conditions. Using trick torque-distribution technologies, you’ll basically never feel like the car is giving up on you. Shuffling torque between the axles, when necessary, it doesn’t suffer from the spikiness of a rear-wheel drive car, so it’s most definitely on your side.
Nitrous Blue metallic exterior paintwork, matt-black foil roof treatment, new black cast alloy wheels, matt black door mirrors and rear spoiler, as well as carbon interior flourishes, and the RS luxury package, come together to establish an utterly irresistible performance rocket. Body-hugging shell seats by RECARO add a sense of flair to the interior but also hold you in firmly when you’re going for a spirited drive. Yes, it has got the road presence, but it can also back it up…
Producing 350hp, and motoring from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds, the RS can rival many significantly more expensive sports cars. Sure, it achieves this through science rather than brutal muscle-car power, yet unlike some of its contemporaries, it still manages to exude a laugh-out-loud charm that fewer and fewer cars manage to achieve these days.
And our 2018 example is in achingly good condition, having been meticulously maintained by its previous owner. Always serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, the vehicle has had a service carried out every year of its life at a FORD MAIN DEALER.
Only ever driven in dry conditions and coming with front-end PPF as well as IGL coatings to paintwork, wheels, and satin black parts, the vehicle would perfectly complement an existing car collection, or a Ford RS enthusiast seeking the very best example.
The vehicle has covered 16,600 miles from new and comes with a file of documentation to support its extraordinary provenance. All our cars come with a comprehensive platinum 6-month RAC warranty and the benefit of 12-month roadside assistance. Why not request a personal video of this car?