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30th January 2015, 07:13 AM

New Ford Fiesta RS set for 2017 debut, and it could get 4WD

Ford has dropped its biggest hint yet that a ballistic Fiesta RS hot hatch will join the range in 2017.

Forming an integral part of the brandís plan to build 12 globally developed performance models by 2020, itís tipped to take on the Audi S1 and forthcoming VW Polo R, and will join the new Focus RS Ė revealed next week Ė at the most extreme end of the hot hatch spectrum.

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ďThe current Fiesta has another two- and-a-half years before itís replaced. Weíll update the ST within that period, and after that there could be something else,Ē Tyrone Johnson, senior vehicle engineer for Ford Performance told us. Johnsonís hint seems to tally with Fordís strategy of introducing RS models towards the end of a carís lifecycle, and suggests a 2017 launch for the Fiesta RS.

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Our exclusive image shows how Britainís best-selling car could be transformed into a boy racerís dream, complete with a trio of gaping intakes, bonnet vent, blistered arches and big wheels.

But the most interesting changes are expected to take place under the skin, where the Fiestaís front-wheel-drive layout could be swapped out for four-wheel drive, boosting traction significantly. It would also mirror Audi and VWís strategy with the powertrains of the S1 and Polo R, and draw closer links with the RS-badged Fiesta WRC car.

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As for power output, Peugeot has already proven itís possible to extract 270bhp from a 1.6-litre turbo, so expect the Fiesta to stick with its 1.6 EcoBoost engine, but tuned to at least 250bhp.

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While Ford no longer financially backs the Fiesta WRC effort, it maintains a technical relationship with the M-Sport team, so will look to it for tips on building a reliable, highly tuned, small-capacity turbo engine and converting the Fiesta chassis to all-wheel drive.

Ford has flirted with the idea of a Fiesta RS in the past, when it introduced the Fiesta RS concept at 2004ís Geneva Motor Show, but the business case fell apart. However, itís believed that with the global success of the current Fiesta ST and two confirmed petrolheads at the helm of the company Ė Jim Farley (chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe) and Raj Nair (Ford group vice president, global product development) Ė the project has been given the go-ahead this time around. As always with Ford, price will be key.

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The STís success has been underpinned by its £17,395 starting figure, so the RS should undercut the S1 by kicking off from about £23,000.

And donít expect it to be a stripped-out track special, as Johnson explained: ďItís not hard to build a car thatís extreme in one direction; itís getting the whole package right that matters.Ē

Johnson also offered some interesting insight into the hierachy of Fordís performance car product plan. ďThere will be three categories that each of these 12 cars will fall into,Ē he said. ďEnhanced technology Ė models like the Fiesta ST and Focus ST. High performance Ė things like the F150 Raptor, Mustang GT350R and Focus RS. And then Ultra high-performance, which is the new GT.Ē

We asked if a new Fiesta RS could fall into the second bracket, and he smiled, saying: ďTheoretically, itís a possibility.Ē

Do you like the sound of a hot Fiesta RS? Let us know in the comments below...

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ford/fiesta/85091/sizzling-250bhp-ford-fiesta-rs-to-take-fight-to-polo-r#ixzz3QFO444Xf

30th January 2015, 07:14 AM
I would encourage everyone to read this article and understand what FP is about.

30th January 2015, 07:20 AM
A new Ford Fiesta RS could be brought to market as the Blue Oval plans an even hotter version of the current Fiesta ST.

Ford is putting a renewed focus on performance models following the launch of its new Ford Performance arm, which brings together previous divisions such as RS and Ford Racing under one roof. Ford Performance has pledged to launch 12 models by 2020, including a new Focus RS and the GT supercar, plus versions of the Mustang and F150.

The identity of the other eight models remains under wraps but, speaking to Autocar, Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson said that work was under way on a new, higher-performance version of the Fiesta that could theoretically be a Ford Performance product.

Johnson wouldn’t say whether the new Fiesta model would be badged as a faster or replacement version of the ST, or as an RS. However, he confirmed that the performance version would be based on the current chassis, meaning that it would be launched at some point within the next two and a half years.

“There’s more to come from the current Fiesta,” he said, adding that the decision had been made after the global success of the standard Fiesta ST, which was launched in 2013.

Johnson also explained the rationale behind what made a model an ST or RS, something significant in identifying whether it is a ‘true’ Ford Performance product.

ST models are considered ‘enhanced’ versions of existing models, whereas RS cars come in the ‘high-performance bracket’, meaning that they must outperform lesser models in the standard range by a certain amount in a number of objectifiable areas.

When asked whether Ford would consider making a ‘high-performance’ Fiesta (in other words, an RS), Tyrone said: “If there’s a business case and if it’s technically feasible.” When pressed on whether he thought these criteria could be met, he said: “Theoretically, yes.”

Johnson wouldn’t be drawn on confirming any details of the new Focus RS, which is set for production and a launch at the Geneva motor show in March.However, he did confirm plans to launch a Powershift dual-clutch automatic version of the new Focus ST diesel model by the end of the year.

“It’s something we’re looking at closely, and it wouldn’t be an issue to fit Powershift [to that engine],” he said. Such a car would rival dual-clutch versions of the Volkswagen Golf GTD and Skoda Octavia vRS.

However, fitting the 
dual-clutch gearbox to the petrol ST is much more of a challenge, Johnson revealed. It’s “not impossible, but we’d need to be sure there’s a business case”, he said.


30th January 2015, 07:23 AM
It is very similar to how our version of FPV worked.

If you look at cars like the Ford GT and the 350 and see something that has completely shifted the goal posts, thinking the same sort of rational doesn't apply to focus or fiesta is not where this brand is at now.

That is the philosophy people need to embrace.

30th January 2015, 07:24 AM
A Fiesta that can drift? I'll take a dozen!

30th January 2015, 08:09 PM
I like it a lot!

30th January 2015, 10:08 PM
An artisits impression but they should emply him or her. Love the look of the mock up and with 12 global FP products surely fiesta will be one.

31st January 2015, 01:45 AM
I'm looking forward to the future to see what ford performance can bring :D

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31st January 2015, 09:49 AM
That looks freakin' win.

Lets guess price, I'm guessing $36K (lets base it on Focus ST price)

8th February 2015, 07:32 AM
That looks freakin' win.

Lets guess price, I'm guessing $36K (lets base it on Focus ST price)

I think that will be pretty close, certainly under $40k.

I am glad that I am not the only one that saw the similarities between the FP system and our own FPV.

I am also glad to see some interesting performance models come out in the smaller cars. This is an area that is still growing and will continue to do so and I would love to see Ford become a leader in it.