Hot hatch on the cards
ADRAGON-SLAYING hatch (above) is in the making at Ford. A street version of its Fiesta RS World Rally Championship weapon for 2011 is ‘‘under consideration’’ — the first sign that the Blue Oval is prepared to rekindle memories of the XR4 edition of the early 2000s.
‘‘We would love a high-performance Fiesta,’’ says Ford Australia general marketing manager David Katic.
‘‘We’re looking at al opportunities the WRC car can bring.’’
He describes the XR4 as a ‘‘great car’’. But no one at Ford Australia is talking about timing, pricing or even the name.
It is possible it could wear the ST moniker to share with the hot Focus hatch that is also a possible for Australia, though the talk in Europe about a hot Fiesta is stronger.
Spy shots show a three-door hatch with twin exhausts and an intercooler peeking through the front bumper inlets.
It is believed that adding the turbocharger and intercooler to the 1.6-litre engine will produce up to 130kW.
That should be sufficient for a 0-100km/h time of about six seconds.
The hot Fiesta would be built in Europe, alongside the ECOnetic diesel.
Other Fiesta models for Australia are now made in Thailand.