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Sources are predicting the arrival of a hotter version of the ST, which would receive both engine and chassis tweaks

Ford could be revealing a hotter version of the Fiesta ST at the Geneva motor show next month.

The car maker has refrained from providing comment, but Autocar understands a hotter version of the Fiesta ST is on its way, sold under the name ST Plus.

The faster Ford Fiesta, one of seven new Fords planned for this year, will be a powered-up, more focused version of the Fiesta ST rather than a full RS model.

More power and torque are expected from the ST’s turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, which has so far been tuned to 212bhp and 236lb ft in its most potent Mountune form. A sharper chassis and more extreme bodykit are other likely additions to the car.

Rumours that a Fiesta RS would be produced appear to have lost momentum, possibly because there’s no room for such a model in Ford’s tightly compacted hot hatch line-up.

The Focus ST, for example, produces 247bhp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and is priced from £22,745. But the Fiesta ST is only 35bhp down on this once the Mountune kit has been added, and in its top-spec form it’s barely a couple of thousand pounds cheaper.

The four-wheel-drive Focus RS has set a trend that a Fiesta RS would have to follow, but such a car would likely tread on the toes of the Focus ST. A slightly less hardcore Fiesta ST Plus model would therefore squeeze more neatly into the available line-up.

Ford does want to produce more RS models at a later date, however. The firm's global sales and marketing chief, Stephen Odell, said at the recent Detroit motor show that RS “was a really valuable brand” and that the company had “an opportunity to keep it fresh”.

Just yesterday, Ford announced it will be unveiling a new model, its latest in-car technology and the latest Ford Smart Mobility developments at this month's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Though nothing more has been revealed, we expect the updates to come part of a Kuga facelift.


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Smartmil888 17 July 2016

To my mind a Fiesta RS would

To my mind a Fiesta RS would necessarily need to be AWD, and Ford has stated that the current Fiesta architecture precludes AWD. Ford is doing the correct thing by just adding more power and better handling to the existing ST and NOT calling it an RS.
Citytiger 10 February 2016

I suspect they might just cut

I suspect they might just cut out the middleman and make the Mountune modifications in house, with just a slight change in suspension settings and a slightly beefier bodykit, after all the current Mountune mods are factory approved and dont void your warranty.
AndyRAC 10 February 2016

ST PLus.... a copout??

There is a Fiesta RS in the WRC - what is the problem with bringing out a Fiesta RS road car?? In fact, the Fiesta is the car Ford should have used for their new RS, and not the Focus.