Mark your calendars, friends, because it looks like Ford Focus RS production at the Saarlouis, Germany, plant is ending on April 6. At least in the U.K., you’ll get an orange special edition to set things off.
The Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort. It will come in that excellent shade of Tic-Tac orange that you see in the photo and have gray brake calipers and black forged, alloy wheels.
There will also be a Mountune upgrade, which ups power to 370 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Cost comes to £39,895 (approximately $56,000.) By comparison, a base Focus RS here starts at $41,120.
The Focus RS had a pretty short run, so I’m a little sad that it’s going away already. It’s unclear what the next Focus will look like, but this Hungarian outlet seems to have snagged spy photos of the next-gen model. It looks... alright? It’s alright. I’m giving it time to grow on me.
For us, it probably means that once a dealer runs out of Focus RSes, there won’t be any replacements lined up. We’ve reached out to Ford for clarification on the matter and will update if we hear back.
Anyway, here’s to hoping that the next turned-up version of the Focus will come to America once more.
Update 4:46 p.m. EST: A Ford spokesperson responded that despite production ending on April 6, “they may still be building a few units for North America.” The person did not have specifics on when the final North America vehicle would roll off the line, though.