It appears Ford is adhering of the phrase “ask and you shall receive” when it comes to its Focus RS owners, as the carmaker recently unveiled the new 2018 Focus RS Limited-Edition. Meant to celebrate the end of Focus RS production, only 1,500 units of the special Focus RS will be made (1,000 for the United States and 500 for Canada).

To create the Focus RS Limited-Edition, Ford lurked around various blogs, forums and Facebook groups on the internet, reading into the conversations of Focus RS enthusiasts in order to gauge what they want added to the popular hot hatch.

A new mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) is among the items requested, and as such, a Quaife unit has been added to the front axle. The LSD helps to distribute torque to the wheel with more traction, while limiting torque delivery to a particular front wheel with reduced traction.

Under the hood, Ford has decided to leave the 2.3 litre EcoBoost untouched, and it continues to serve up 350 hp and 440 Nm (470 Nm with overboost function). Buyers will still get a six-speed manual transmission, along with a Ford Performance all-wheel drive system (with Dynamic Torque Vectoring), Torque Vectoring Control and Focus RS Drive Modes.

Exterior styling enhancements on the special Focus RS include a gloss black finish for the roof, mirror caps and rear spoiler; 19-inch forged alloy wheels with blue RS centre caps, RS logos on the rear spoiler side wings and heated side mirrors. Ford has also introduced a new Race Red body colour, with the other option being Nitrous Blue.

On the inside, a carbon-fibre finish has been applied to the door handles, handbrake lever and turbo boost gauge surround. Additionally, items that are part of the optional RS2 package on the regular Focus RS, are now standard here. These include leather Recaro seats with Miko-Dinamica inserts, as well as heating for the front seats and steering wheel.

“To satisfy strong demand for the ever-popular Focus RS, I’m very excited that we’re bringing this limited-edition vehicle to North America. We have spent a great deal of time listening to our customers, speaking to owners’ club members, reading comments and suggestions on enthusiast websites, and even studying various forum Photoshop renderings,” said Henry Ford, marketing manager at Ford Performance.