Ford Fiesta ST
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#556728 - 30/07/15 01:47 PM Auto Express Article - March 2015
Scotty Offline
Mk1 Focus & Clio

Registered: 27/02/04
Posts: 18060
Loc: Nuneaton, Warwickshire
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ford/fiesta/85091/sizzling-250bhp-ford-fiesta-rs-on-the-horizon

Sizzling 250bhp Ford Fiesta RS on the horizon



New Ford Fiesta RS hinted at by company bosses for release in 2017, 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. Company bosses have strongly suggested to us an RS model is on the horizon for this generation, before the all-new model appears in 2017.

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

“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,” Tyrone Johnson, senior vehicle engineer for Ford Performance told us. Johnson’s hint seems to tally with Ford’s strategy of introducing RS models towards the end of a car’s lifecycle, and suggests a 2017 launch for the Fiesta RS.

• Best hot hatches on the market

Our exclusive image shows how Britain’s best-selling car could be transformed into a boy racer’s dream, complete with a trio of gaping intakes, bonnet vent, blistered arches and big wheels with a wider track.

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

• Best cheap fast cars

As for power output, Peugeot has already proven it’s 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.

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

The ST’s success has been underpinned by its £17,395 starting figure, so the RS should undercut the S1 by kicking off from about £22,000.

And don’t expect it to be a stripped-out track special, as Johnson explained: “It’s not hard to build a car that’s extreme in one direction; it’s getting the whole package right that matters.”

Johnson also offered some interesting insight into the hierachy of Ford’s performance car product plan. “There will be three categories that each of these 12 cars will fall into,” he said. “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.”

We asked if a new Fiesta RS could fall into the second bracket, and he smiled, saying: “Theoretically, it’s a possibility.”

_________________________

Top
#556741 - 30/07/15 05:34 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
ROB IS THE STIG Offline
The South East Massive

Registered: 21/05/06
Posts: 50824
Loc: Kent
Certainly not aggressive enough for me....

Top
#556766 - 31/07/15 09:40 AM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
Scotty Offline
Mk1 Focus & Clio

Registered: 27/02/04
Posts: 18060
Loc: Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Those are just photoshop images that AutoExpress have done just for reference.
_________________________

Top
#556770 - 31/07/15 08:16 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
_Jimmy_ Offline
Site Supporter

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 1134
Loc: Northwest
It sounds as though they might actually make this happy
Been seriously considering the new Focus rs recently.... but if they made this 4wd it would be a tough call.
_________________________
2005 Fiesta ST 182bhp
Milltek non-res, Newman fast road cams, JamSport map

Top
#556792 - 02/08/15 10:34 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
Anthony1664 Offline
My real name is Dave

Registered: 28/04/06
Posts: 4702
Loc: Always on here these days !!!
Would be a fun little package if it comes off
_________________________
The Mk6 Fiesta st grew in size & became a Mk3 Mondeo st it now it's shrinking to a Mk3.5 Focus ST3


Top
#556810 - 03/08/15 07:53 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
_Jimmy_ Offline
Site Supporter

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 1134
Loc: Northwest
Apparently this was at ford fair yesterday at the Pumaspeed stand - I didn't see it, but I saw the new focus rs for the first time in the flesh, and it was pretty underwhelming.
The style looks much better on the fiesta.

_________________________
2005 Fiesta ST 182bhp
Milltek non-res, Newman fast road cams, JamSport map

Top
#556856 - 05/08/15 06:53 AM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
kenny Offline



Registered: 08/03/08
Posts: 11556
Loc: essex
Well some one on focus st Facebook page has posted up a pic of what they think is a fiesta rs test car coming out Of ford dunton sensors all over it laptops in the front zebra stripes all over the front the guy said he couldn't keep up with it and the noise coming from it was mind blowing,the number plate does pop up as a 1litre,but a guy who works for dunton has posted up saying that it might be a test car for a new engine,who knows hey

Top
#556871 - 05/08/15 01:49 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
Scotty Offline
Mk1 Focus & Clio

Registered: 27/02/04
Posts: 18060
Loc: Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Flipping home so Kenny! Would be brilliant news if they do bring one out... we are all wishing for one!
_________________________

Top
#556874 - 05/08/15 03:31 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
kenny Offline



Registered: 08/03/08
Posts: 11556
Loc: essex


Zoom in on the pic you will see wide arches and the 20 odd sensors on the back

Top
#556884 - 05/08/15 08:51 PM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
Scotty Offline
Mk1 Focus & Clio

Registered: 27/02/04
Posts: 18060
Loc: Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Are they wider than normal arches? Would need a comparison pic. If it was a test vehicle then at least there is hope!
_________________________

Top
#556892 - 06/08/15 08:49 AM Re: Auto Express Article - March 2015 [Re: Scotty]
dontpannic Offline
Site Supporter

Registered: 10/04/11
Posts: 3456
Loc: Orpington, SE London, UK
I never consider Auto Express to be a genuine source of these things. They have a very talented Photoshop team and have forecast the return of the Puma, Capri, the Fiesta RS has been reported on by Auto Express quite a large number of times since 2008 and it has never materialised.

It would be fantastic if it did, but I still don't hold out a lot of hope! lol
_________________________

Top

Search

Who's Online
0 registered (), 366 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Shout Box

Featured Member
Registered: 27/02/04
Posts: 18060
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
Newest Members
TheLemonaded, Bundren, jklmno283322, Ford Warrior, carlover
7803 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
ChrisCumbria 22
YellowBadge 17
Scotty 15
dontpannic 7
Sneykinko 5
kenny 4
Anthony1664 3
_Jimmy_ 3
Holtenwil 2
Artizan 2
Top Posters
ROB IS THE STIG 50824
ChrisCumbria 22566
Scotty 18060
Adam08 15117
Alex_H 15061
steviehouse 11614
babyboom 11557
kenny 11556
Micky 11552
YellowBadge 11233
Forum Stats
7803 Members
49 Forums
31906 Topics
559109 Posts

Max Online: 698 @ 22/03/17 02:21 PM