Ford Fiesta Could Get RS Version
|   Friday, February 06, 2015
Ford could launch an RS version of the Fiesta in the near future. This would be developed by the Ford Performance Division and is expected to debut in 2017.
The Ford Fiesta RS could become a reality in the US producer's range in a few years, according to the British from Autocar. The version, more efficient than the ST, in the Fiesta range would be part of the 12 models which the brand performance division has promised to launch by the end of this decade.


For now, only four of the 12 models had unmasked their identity: the Focus RS, GT, F-150 Raptor and Mustang GT350, but the Fiesta RS could be the fifth model in this range. Originally, the Fiesta RS version was not a possibility confirmed by Ford officials, but brand representatives have confirmed their intention to launch a model with higher specifications than the ST variant.

Tyrone Johnson, Ford Performance chief division, declined to specify if the future model of the Fiesta range with higher specifications then the ST version will be a replacement of this generation, or if it is an RS version. Nevertheless, in addition to confirming the intention of launching a model more powerful than the Fiesta ST, the head of Ford's Performance division confirmed that the next version will retain the current model's chassis, so it is still not be a new generation of the Fiesta ST, but a stronger sibling of this model.

"The current Fiesta has another two and a half years before it's replaced. We'll update the ST within that period, and after that there could be something else," said Tyrone Johnson.

Tyrone Johnson's statement seems to correspond to Ford's strategy. This involves introducing RS versions when the models are at the end of their "life". It also suggests a launch date set in 2017 for the Fiesta RS.

Another novelty in the ST range will be the launch of a PowerShift Focus ST TDCi version, the latter being confirmed to debut at the end of 2015. On the other hand, the gasoline powered version of the Focus ST has not yet gotten the approval for the introduction of a PowerShift transmission because Ford representatives are not sure that there is enough demand for such a variant.

Back when they first introduced the Fiesta RS Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004, Ford has toyed with the idea of a Fiesta RS. But due to the improper economical conditions the business case didn't go anywhere.

This time however the situation is different. Taking into account the overall success of the current Fiesta ST and the help of two strong voices in the company's leaderboard, Jim Farley (President and CEO of Ford Europe) and Raj Nair (Ford group global product development vice president) the project got the go-ahead this time. But as usually happens at Ford, the price will be the essential factor.

Meanwhile, Johnson also gave some interesting insight into the hierarchy of Ford's performance car product plan. "There will be three categories that each of these 12 cars will fall into," he declared. "Enhanced technology – models like the Fiesta ST and Focus ST. High performance – things like the F150 Raptor, Mustang GT350R and Focus RS. And then Ultra high-performance, which is the new GT."









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