Some rumors were abound regarding the Ford Fiesta, suggesting Dearborn could go as far as introducing an RS version of the Fiesta to sit above the Fiesta ST.
This all sounds plausible given Ford is just on the verge of launching the Focus RS.
But according to Motoring, a Ford Fiesta RS just won’t happen.
The outlet apparently spoke to Ford Performance’s chief engineer, Tyrone Johnson, who said he hard through the grapevine from upper management that a Fiesta RS is “definitively not in the plan.”
Rumors of recent past were suggesting the use of Ford’s latest 1.6L EcoBoost turbocharged four, given a massage to produce 246hp, a bit more than the Fiesta ST’s 197hp figure. Though for a car of its size, such a gain can mean the world.
It also theoretically would’ve received a similar treatment to the Focus RS, including an aggressive bodykit, sportier handling, braking, and steering, and more.
Despite the sad word for those wanting a Fiesta RS, Johnson did shed some light saying Ford Performance is still working on their next model. But he didn’t exactly say what.
Ford Performance’s plan as of now is to launch around 12 new models from its brand, which encompass the Focus RS, the F150 Raptor, the Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R, as well as the new Ford GT.
In other rumors, a Shelby GT500 could make a triumphant return in 2018, though currently, speculation suggests it could get the same new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 as the GT with over 600hp and a six-speed manual. Though that would be kind of sad given the V8 is part of the Shelby Mustang’s heritage. It would be great to see Ford churn out another supercharged V8 based on their latest 5.0L Coyote motor instead.
What say you readers?
– By: Chris Chin