The anticipation of a Ford Fiesta RS charcoal with Ford controlling carnality admiral of all-around marketing, sales and service, Steve Odell, hinting that Ford RS will accretion a higer contour in future. That could eventually beggarly a hot Fiesta RS to accompany the new Ford Focus RS in Ford’s hot bear range.
Speaking on the eve of the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, Odell said that: “The RS cast is absolutely valuable. People chase it. People aggregate it. I accept there is allowance to expand.” He banned to busy on absolutely which (if any) models would accretion a flagship RS derivative. If the RS ambit is to aggrandize again absolutely the Fiesta charge be aerial on the account of models set to get an RS version.
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Auto Express appear that Ford had affairs for a Fiesta RS aboriginal in 2015 afterwards aggregation administration acerb appropriate to us an RS archetypal was on the border for this bearing of Fiesta, afore the all-new archetypal appears in 2017. “The current Fiesta has addition two- and-a-half years afore it’s replaced. We’ll amend the ST aural that period, and afterwards that there could be article else,” said Tyrone Johnson, chief agent architect for Ford Performance, at the time. Johnson’s adumbration tallies with Ford’s action of introducing RS models appear the end of a car’s lifecycle, and suggests a 2017 barrage for the Fiesta RS.
The Fiesta RS would abatement in band with the brand’s plan to body 12 globally developed achievement models by 2020, it’s angled to booty on the Audi S1 and accessible VW Polo R, and will accompany the new Focus RS at the best acute end of the hot bear spectrum.
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The best absorbing changes are accepted to booty abode beneath the skin, area the Fiesta’s front-wheel-drive blueprint could be swapped out for four-wheel drive, advocacy absorption significantly. It would additionally mirror Audi and VW’s action with the powertrains of the S1 and Polo R, and draw afterpiece links with the RS-badged Fiesta WRC car.
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As for ability output, Peugeot has already accurate it’s accessible to abstract 270bhp from a 1.6-litre turbo, so apprehend the Fiesta to stick with its 1.6 EcoBoost engine, but acquainted to at atomic 250bhp.
While Ford no best financially backs the Fiesta WRC effort, it maintains a abstruse accord with the M-Sport team, so will attending to it for tips on architecture a reliable, awful tuned, small-capacity turbo agent and converting the Fiesta anatomy to all-wheel drive.
Ford has flirted with the abstraction of a Fiesta RS in the past, back it alien the Fiesta RS abstraction at 2004’s Geneva Motor Show, but the business case fell apart. However, it’s believed that with the all-around success of the accepted Fiesta ST and two accepted petrolheads at the captain of the aggregation – Jim Farley (chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe) and Raj Nair (Ford accumulation carnality president, all-around artefact development) – the activity is added acceptable this time around. As consistently with Ford, amount will be key.
The ST’s success has been underpinned by its £17,395 starting figure, so the RS should attenuate the S1 by blame off from about £22,000.
And don’t apprehend it to be a stripped-out clue special, as Johnson explained: “It’s not adamantine to body a car that’s acute in one direction; it’s accepting the accomplished amalgamation appropriate that matters.”
Johnson additionally offered some absorbing acumen into the hierachy of Ford’s achievement car artefact plan. “There will be three categories that anniversary of these 12 cars will abatement into,” he said. “Enhanced technology – models like the Fiesta ST and Focus ST. Aerial achievement – things like the F150 Raptor, Mustang GT350R and Focus RS. And again Ultra high-performance, which is the Ford GT.”
We asked if a new Fiesta RS could abatement into the additional bracket, and he smiled, saying: “Theoretically, it’s a possibility.”
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