Ford has denied that a Fiesta RS is in the works, but is there still a chance for a hotted-up version of the Fiesta ST? According to Autocar, a Ford Fiesta ST “Plus” could debut at the upcoming 2016 Geneva auto show to plug the gap between the 197-hp Fiesta ST and the 252-hp Ford Focus ST.
Autocar says that the Ford Fiesta ST Plus is a more reasonable addition to the product range than a Fiesta RS, as the latter would likely step on the toes — in terms of both performance and price — of Ford’s larger Focus ST. Instead, the Fiesta ST Plus will reportedly remain front-wheel drive, but its 1.6-liter turbo-four engine could get some extra power. It’s worth noting that Ford tuning partner Mountune has already extracted 215 hp from the Fiesta’s engine, thanks to new engine-management software and a new intake pipe. The Fiesta ST Plus might also receive handling and braking upgrades, Autocar says, along with a “more extreme” body kit.
Rumors had longed circulated that Ford would build a Fiesta RS to follow in the footsteps of the all-wheel-drive Focus RS, but last month Ford quashed any hope for a pint-sized RS. Ford Performance chief engineer Tyrone Johnson told reporters that, “In terms of Fiesta RS, I have seen some comments from senior Ford people that it’s definitely not in the plan.”
Keep your fingers crossed that a faster Ford Fiesta ST is still in the works, and stay tuned to see whether the car debuts in March at the Geneva show.