According to Ford insiders, our favourite hot hatch could be about to get hotter. Auto Express has been told that an extreme Ford Fiesta
RS is still in the product plan, along with a Focus RS, but Ford is
busy researching the business case before it commits to production.
With all the praise heaped upon the Fiesta ST, an even more extreme
version is an exciting prospect – and our image reveals how it could
look. The pumped-up wheelarches and aggressive bodykit mark out the
newcomer, while the RS would most likely be powered by the 1.6-litre
turbo from the ST – albeit with power upped from 179bhp to around
Using this engine will also ensure a link between the road model and
the RS-badged Fiesta WRC car. Expect to see suspension upgrades, bigger
brakes and additions such as a front axle limited-slip diff.
The RS models tend to arrive at the end of a car’s lifecycle, and
with the Fiesta only recently facelifted and still selling well, Ford’s
in no rush to replace it.
If the company can make the business case work for a Fiesta RS,
expect to see it on the road in around 2015, carrying a price tag in the
region of £23,000.
The first Fiesta RS was previewed at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show as a
concept, but never made it to production. It was canned when Ford bosses
couldn’t make it financially viable in Europe - RS sales are always
high in the UK, but take-up on the continent is much smaller.
Thanks to the success of the Fiesta it now seems that the super hot
hatch is a possibility again. It will have a stripped-out cabin
featuring racing-style seats, lightweight materials throughout and lots
of RS detailing.
It could even be quite economical for a performance car, thanks to low weight and a small-capacity turbo engine. For more details click here.