The Ford Focus RS has been burning up the road and track since its initial production model appeared in 2001. It has seen many changes over the years, leading it to its current status as a supremely speedy, agile, and exciting driver. With a lull in production for 2019, there is no better time than now to go in depth comparing the 2017 and 2018 Ford Focus RS models, and tell you why you should be getting into one of the 2018 Focus’s Recaro® leather seats.
Exterior & Interior
The most visible change when comparing the 2017 and 2018 Ford Focus RS would have to be the standard exterior features. A gloss black colour now coats the roof, mirror caps, and rear roof spoiler, while blue RS logos are found on the side wings and the wheel’s centre caps. The 2018 Focus RS is available in the usual Nitrous Blue colour, as well as a brand new body colour, Race Red. On the interior, the prior RS2 option package now comes standard, with performance based touches like carbon fiber door handles, handbrake, and turbo-boost gauge.
But the biggest change is, without a doubt, performance based; the 2018 Ford Focus RS comes with a front axle Quaife® limited, mechanical-slip differential. This slip differential system means that you are able to get the most out of your Focus’s 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque at any end of the spectrum, including exceptional torque delivery during low-grip situations — meaning the Focus RS will power through rainy or snowy days with the same gusto when tackling dry roads.
And while Ford’s favourite hot hatch will not be produced in 2019, it isn’t leaving us entirely. With a retooled Chinese factory underway, production is expected to resume with a next-gen Focus in 2020. We hope you enjoyed reading about us comparing the 2017 and 2018 Ford Focus RS models; stay tuned to Team Ford for further Focus news, or feel free to pop in and chat about the sporty Focus RS, or any of our other fine Ford models.