• Jun 16, 2010
Alas, poor Focus RS, we knew ye not at all. We're not sure which is the biggest tragedy – the fact that Ford never graced the U.S. with the joy that is the company's wild hatchback or that the three-door is already being sent out to pasture. Either way, buyers in the UK can now equip their new RS models with a set of slick rally-inspired wheels. For the low cost of just $741 at current conversion rates and including the Britain's notorious Value Added Tax, Ford will be happy to install a set of white, 19-inch WRC-style wheels. Of course, that's according to the press release. Something tells us the final price tag could be well north of that figure by the time the dealership gets through with you.

Ford's UK dealers have sold the company's entire allotment of RS 500 hatches, but a handful of the standard RS models are still hanging around. While the white rollers wouldn't completely make up for missing out on the 305 horsepower monster that is the hottest of the hot, they will certainly be a collectors item in a few years. Click past the jump for the press release.

[Source: Ford]

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FORD OFFERS WHITE WRC-STYLE WHEELS TO MARK END OF FOCUS RS PRODUCTION

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 15 June, 2010 -- As the last UK-bound examples of its Focus RS superhatch reach British dealers, Ford is offering a special, WRC-style wheel option to commemorate the end of production.

The 19-inch, white-finished alloy wheels will be available at £500 per set, including VAT, to bring the visual impact of Ford's award-winning fastest Focus even closer to that of Mikko Hirvonen's 'company car'.

David Calder Ford of Britain Product Manager, said: "The demand for Focus RS has been astounding. In barely a year since launch, we have sold almost our entire UK allocation – thanks in a large part to this Focus RS continuing the proud tradition of combining high-performance with practicality and affordability.

"We expect demand to be high for these last cars and we're giving customers the chance to personalise them with this exclusive option."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They would look sporting on my 6000 SUX.
      • 4 Years Ago
      kind of looks like a 2011 volvo c30. no?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is absolutely HOT!!! Just another car in my virtual garage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The lack of a 3-door model Focus in the U.S. will definitely have me leaning toward a Golf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I drive a 3-door Focus, and would much rather have the 5-door. I fail to see what makes a 3-door more appealing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would have got a focus rs if I could, but got a GTI instead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the Britain's notorious Value Added Tax"

      What? Since when has it been notorious? It's not even excessive by European standards.

      What's more, you don't have to carry a calculator around with you just to buy a can of pop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Britain's notorious Value Added Tax" - Autoblog

        Autoblog, a quiet word in your ear ...

        1) It isn't a British tax. It's used in many countries worldwide, but the one in Britain is a European Community tax devised in 1973.

        2) Each EU member state sets its own range of VAT rates. The standard rate in Britain - one of the lowest in the EU - is 17.5%.

        3) It's hardly notorious. It's merely a consumer tax and the model is used all over the globe. Put simply and subject to the myriad of rules, businesses pay output VAT over on the goods and services they charge out, and claim input VAT on that which they've paid to suppliers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The fact that we all know about it mean that it is by definition, notorious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tankdog: okay, the literal meaning is "notable", i.e. well-known; but just as the literal meaning of "thing" is "council meeting", the negative connotation of the word "notorious" has been in place since the 17th century -- longer than the U.S.A., so no spurious claims about "American English" please.

        * Oxford defines it "famous for some bad quality or deed".
        * Random House says "1. widely and unfavorably known; 2. publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait", but for #2, gives the example "a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism". You have to *name* the trait.
        * American Heritage gives "Known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous".
        * Even the wholly unreliable Webster gives "generally known and talked of; _especially_ : widely and unfavorably known"

        (btw: I hope you're not discouraged from getting into etymology. It's a fun journey.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who is Manuel?
      • 4 Years Ago
      For several years Ford insulted American drivers by its refusal to import the European Fiesta and saddling us with an inferior car. Lo and behold, we now have the European Fiesta. Yet Ford continues to insult us by bringing over the Focus, but not the Focus RS. A Focus RS would be at the top of my list for a new car despite having my conscience wrestle with the idea of a somewhat "greener" and more economical - though still sporty - vehicle. I think that Ford is making a mistake by ignoring enthusiast drivers and, unfortunately, as a result, it does not appear that there will be a Ford in my future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm REALLY hoping that with the switch to the Fiesta S2000 cars in WRC next year, that Ford goes the way Subaru did with their STi...bring a true rally-spec car here that truly represents your involvement. They don't have to sell a billion of them, but I guarantee that in a limited quantity like the Evo or STi, they would sell like hotcakes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You could always get a Speed3 in silver and some duct tape.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this post is about a rim.........very informative AB ( sarcasm )
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont care

        that car is hot!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Ford Focus is hot? Hahaha!
        • 4 Years Ago
        AWESOME Focus, love it!

        The Mk2 Focus is better looking than the Mk3 Focus that the US is FINALLY going to get.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still find it disgusting that an AMERICAN company is pulling the same bs that every other car company has when it comes to cars in the American Market. Oh, its it fast, well built, fun to drive, exciting, or in anyway a half decent car? Yes to any of those and I guess the Americans wouldn't like it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed! We aren't even cast-off eligible...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nardi...wouldnt you be swayed with 250hp for a lot less than an optioned Cooper works?......remains to be seen, but its also a bigger car, and the 2012 I have high hopes for, and all signs point to us FINALLY getting RS versions....2.0 eco boost with a 6 speed manual and 260 hp entice anyone?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said WhoMeWhere.

        I could not agree more.

        ..
        • 4 Years Ago
        wrong....ever heard of Federalization..... EPA standards?....US crash standards? the hoops to bring a car stateside are ridiculous...thank god Ford is moving to a GLOBAL platform...so in all likelyhood the next hot rod Focus WILL be released here....
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's a simple reason the Focus RS was never made available in the U.S.: they didn't want a tiny hatchback showing up the mighty (and horrible) American muscle car known as the Mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . unfortunately not enough Americans will buy this brilliant hot-hatch because in America most prefer a 5000 lb. V8 4X4 as their hot-hatch.
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