The Ford Performance division promises 12 new hot models by 2020; we run through eight Fast fords that have either arrived or are soon to arrive
Julian Rendell
18 August 2016

Ford is promising 12 new hot models by 2020.

All will be developed by the new Ford Performance division, which has been tasked with making hot Fords to global engineering standards.

In addition to the eight known models, four other Ford Performance products are planned, but the firm is being tight-lipped about them for now. At least one is likely to be a variant of a car yet to be launched, such as a hot version of the successor to the US-only Taurus saloon.

Ford has ruled out a Fusion/Mondeo ST, but other possibilities include an Edge ST. Big US sellers such as the Escape and Explorer might also carry the ST badge to rival German performance SUVs.

Ford Performance organises its models into three categories: Elite, HP1 and HP2. Each is defined by distinct power, performance and handling criteria.

Below, we run through eight of the 12 hot Fords that are either here or soon to be here.

Focus RS

On sale now

Already on sale globally, the 345bhp all-wheel-drive Focus RS has been a hit, scooping awards and selling better than expected. It’s an HP2 model in Ford Performance criteria.

Fiesta ST200

On sale now

Limited to 1000 examples, the 197bhp Fiesta ST200 boasts 17bhp more than a regular ST, revised gearing, tuned diff settings and a lower, stiffer chassis. It’s priced from £22,475.

Shelby Mustang GT350R

On sale now (US) 

The $63,000, 175mph GT350R has a 526bhp 5.2 V8. But it won’t be sold in the UK or EU. Ford wants to establish the Mustang here before launching performance spin-offs.

F-150 Raptor

On sale late 2016

A ‘Built Tough’ Ford performance truck, the Raptor has a 3.5-litre V6 with 450bhp and 450lb ft. US sales start this autumn, but the UK is not in the plan.

GT

On sale 2017

The only Elite model in the range, the 600bhp twinturbo 3.5-litre V6 GT is Ford Performance’s halo model. Around 20 of the 250 total production are headed for the UK, at £300k apiece.

RS500

On sale 2017

Expect the order books to open next spring and to close shortly after when the 500 examples sell out rapidly. Production will be finished by autumn as Ford launches the fourth-generation Focus.

Next-gen Fiesta ST

On sale 2017

Ford will have a new Fiesta next year (see overleaf), and work on the ST is under way. Expect more power in a wider, longer body but no dilution of its handling prowess. Classed as HP1.

Next-gen Focus ST

On sale 2018

A new Focus will arrive in 2018. It will also grow in size, suggesting that a power hike over today’s 247bhp 2.0T will be necessary to maintain the ST’s performance.

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18 August 2016
Ford should make a ST and/or a RS version of the Mondeo, in fact it needs to! It'd go down a storm and would sell well. Performance Fords are highly respected, have a very strong image and reputation and generally go and drive brilliantly too. RS is right up there with BMW's M and AMG, so go on Ford, bite the bullet. A Mondeo RS to go head to head with a M3 for example would be tantalising, more so if priced right too. Produce a concept version for motor shows and see what the feedback is like.

18 August 2016
I agree, you need a Mondeo ST/RS as a flagship model! Vauxhall does it with the Insignia VXR. I once drove a Vectra VXR, it was bonkers fast! A Focus RS is a fast car but is still just a hot hatch, where is the proper fast big family car that isn't pretending to be a jeep?

18 August 2016
My biggest car buying regret was going for a 6 month old e90 325 when I could have had an ST220 with Ford assistance - 7k off list price. I sold the BMW little over a year later, I suspect the Ford would have lasted a lot longer in my hands.

Unfortunately from a market perspective, they'd hardly sell any. The current Mondeo 240ps petrol in titanium x pack spec isn't a big seller, I doubt badging it as ST would have made any difference.

18 August 2016
The Market might be limited but they already make a 325hp twin turbo 4wd Mondeo - but you can only buy it in the States and its badged a Fusion Sport. Give us that badge it ST and see how it does.

18 August 2016
A Mondeo ST/RS would be fantastic. Vauxhall does the Insignia VXR and sells a few. Also to the police. It's also a good halo model. Doesn't really affect Astra VXR sales as different customer base. Ford always panics about affecting sales of other models hence no Fiesta RS, doesn't want to upset the Focus ST/RS figures. Dump the stupid Vignale brand and put the money into what we really want a True fast Mondeo.

18 August 2016
I miss really a mondeo ST/ RS in the line-up. The last mondeos are totally forgettable and uninteresting...and the issue is no other that, even do it´s a good car, there are many other good/ and better cars than it.... it´s not innovative enough, it does not have a clear personality and so on!...make a ST and RS spinn-off, and make it right, they will sell like hell and make the live of the Germans a bit harder!.. But it looks like they don´t have the " b---s" to do it!...That´s their problem, not the market´s!!

18 August 2016
Way back I almost bought a Taurus SHO with the nice 220BHP engine made by Yamaha,it was a real sleeper at the time and a good practical family sedan.The new SHO is the size of an Audi A8,so I agree Ford needs something more compact,sadly sedans are rare now, everyone seems to have f-word SUV's

Madmac

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