The new Ford Focus RS limited edition has been announced by the company to celebrate the end of run of this generation hot hatch. Passion from the enthusiast online community led Ford to introduce an exclusive new version of its critically acclaimed Focus RS for North America, available in a quantity of only 1,500 units.

The new 2018 Focus RS limited edition hot hatch adds a few commonly requested features that unique interior and exterior styling, and a new mechanical limited slip differential. Available in new Race Red or signature Nitrous Blue body color, both featuring striking new gloss black roof and mirror caps.

The rear roof spoiler also features gloss black finish, with blue RS logos on the side wings. Now standard are 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels with blue RS center caps.

From the cockpit, the door handles, handbrake lever and turbo boost gauge surround are wrapped in carbon fiber skin, while equipment from the RS2 Package is standard, offering black leather-trimmed Recaro seats with Miko-Dinamica eco-friendly suede microfiber inserts and RS logo, heated front seats with eight-way power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors and voice-activated navigation system.

To really excite driving enthusiasts, Ford Performance team developed a standard mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD) for the front axle that further improves Focus RS performance. This limited-edition Focus RS will more easily carry speed through a corner on the track, and allow for maximum acceleration on the way out. By controlling the torque delivered to each front wheel, the LSD enables 2018 Focus RS drivers to fully tap the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine’s 350 horsepower. The LSD differential limits engine torque delivered to a particular front wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, redistributing torque to the wheel with more traction to reduce differences in wheel spin that can hamper acceleration and stability.

The new system seamlessly integrates with standard Focus RS driving technologies, including: Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive, Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Torque Vectoring Control.

Only one thousand limited-edition 2018 Focus RS performance cars will be available in the United States and 500 in Canada, with deliveries beginning in late 2017, marking the last opportunity to order the current generation Focus RS in North America.

The limited-edition Focus RS joins Ford’s iconic Ford Performance vehicle range in North America, alongside the recently launched Ford GT supercar, F-150 Raptor, and much-loved Shelby GT350 Mustang, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.