Ford fans wishing for more from a light hatch than what the current Fiesta ST can deliver may be in for a treat, as the global carmaker is reportedly planning an even hotter version.
The ST (pictured above) delivers a 134kW/240Nm punch from its 1.6 litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, rising to 147kW/290Nm on ‘Overboost’.
But those numbers may be overshadowed by a new hot Fiesta from Ford, which could offer as much as 170kW - and wear the RS badge.
Speaking with British mag Autocar, Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson reportedly hinted at plans for a hotter Fiesta among the 12 models planned by the new go-fast arm of Ford before 2020.
While refusing to confirm that a Fiesta RS is on the way, Mr Johnson said the new model would sit above the current ST in terms of performance.
The Ford Performance boss said a business case would need to stand up in order for a Fiesta RS to be considered, but when pressed on the issue, he accepted that such an outcome had potential.
The badge it wears may be irrelevant however, as the hot Fiesta is virtually assured of bettering the ST’s 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds.
But before Ford fans race to their local dealer to put a deposit down on a ‘Fiesta RS’, the new model may yet prove to simply be a replacement for the current ST.
Improvements in performance and the like can still be expected in a new ST, but not to the level expected of a full-blown RS hot hatch.
And what’s the difference?
Mr Johnson said ‘ST’ models stood for enhanced versions of the ‘standard’ offering, while RS badges were reserved for high-performance variants placed considerably above the rest of the range.
Ford has confirmed that a new Focus RS is on the way, and as a Fiesta RS may distract customers from this new model, the carmaker may stay clear for now or at least put a sizable gap between the launch dates for each.
Besides the new Focus RS - set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show - Ford Performance will build versions of the F-150 pickup and the Mustang pony car before 2020, along with the recently-revealed GT Supercar.
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