The New RS From Ford May Turn Out To Be A Fiesta
|   Thursday, June 07, 2012
The third generation of the Ford RS may be inspired by the Fiesta and not the Focus, as almost everyone anticipated. Well, it seems that Autocar has learned a few bits of data that make the Fiesta a more likely candidate for that role.

Right now, the second generation of the RS is doing perfectly well, thanks to the impressive horse count (300 of them) and the impressive Revo-knuckle suspension. That is one of the reasons why people considered it natural that the successor car will be a Focus RS hailing straight from Ford's Special Vehicles Team (SVT).


Now, however, there seems to be some confusion regarding what direction the new car will take. That should not come as that big of a surprise, especially when considering the last SVT boss, Jost Capito, left the Americans in favour of the German People's Car manufacturer, Volkswagen. With the helm not being steered by a determined individual, he crew is left in doubt what to do and who is the best person to lead them.

Another argument in favour of the Focus RS is the impressive sale figures it scored. It would be hard indeed to counter that type of argument. On the other hand, we have the Fiesta which is leading Ford's motoring efforts. In the rally world, it already bears the name Fiesta RS WRC. So, we have a perfect car to fill in the shoes of a sporty car, one that has already proven what it can do.

At this point in time, engineers at Ford are nearing completion of the Fiesta ST. They consider this project to be easier than a Focus ST, as well as being doable in a shorter amount of time. That is mainly to the suspension system being an upgraded version of the previous Fiesta. Furthermore, it would take little effort to extend the work done on the ST to RS, at least from a technical point of view.

Another argument in favour of the Fiesta is the fact that some people placed high at Ford aren't exactly fond of a 5 door RS model. Seeing the Focus does not come in a 3 door version that leaves the Fiesta as the only alternative.

Now, the Focus case is well made too. It has an efficient Ecoboost engine that can be tuned to deliver more than 300 horsepower which can be channelled either through the front wheels as the second generation does, or through all the wheels. Engineers say it wouldn't be too difficult to put together a 4 wheel drive; they only need to be green lighted. Also, the Focus is more popular and is larger than the Fiesta. That translates into increased profitability and that may be the argument that ultimately tips the balance.

Well, both cars have their good and bad points; a crystal clear distinction cannot be made easily. Let's hope the higher-ups have a better understanding of what the market needs, so that the next gen RS will be a hit.
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