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Ford plotting RS versions of its SUVs
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James Baggott - March 14, 2017


FORD’S global director of performance has revealed the brand is seriously considering making hot RS versions of its SUVs.

In the clearest possible hint yet that the Blue Oval is planning performance versions of its 4x4s, performance chief Dave Pericak said he feels there’s definitely ‘an opportunity’ to be explored.

Asked if an RS badge could ever work on a Ford SUV, he said: ‘If you did what you needed to do to make it perform the way that an RS should, the answer would be sure.

'I think customers love performance. I think the definition of what that means for an SUV might be different than what it means for a Focus or for a Fiesta. But I think that we’ve seen, even in the US and globally, that people like aggressive-looking cars, they like sporty, they want the power and pick-up and engine improvement, so I think the answer is yes. SUV customers would appreciate performance, for sure.’

Audi has ventured into the performance SUV market with its SQ5 and SQ7 models, while the likes of Porsche has offered hot versions of its Macan and Cayenne models for years.

However, Pericak isn’t impressed with the current performance SUV offerings – hinting further that if Ford were to do an RS version it would be a true performance car.

Most likely to get the RS treatment would be the Kuga, its underpinnings especially capable of a performance upgrade. The Edge and EcoSport models could follow suit.

‘If you look at the SUV market right now, there aren’t too many credible performance SUVs out there,’ he said. ‘There are people who have made partial attempts at it and there are different things that have happened, but there are no real credible ones. So, I think that’s an area of some opportunity, for sure.’

Pericak explained that extending the RS brand even further across the Ford range was not an impossibility and that even models such as the Fiesta could once again wear the fabled badge.

‘What RS stands for could be applied to other products, for sure,’ he said. ‘I think that RS can be applied to many different products, it just has to meet certain criteria.’

When asked if the new Fiesta ST was as hot as it was going to get, Pericak explained that it was ‘as hot as it gets to date’, strongly suggesting a more powerful version is being considered. Many fast Ford fans would love to see an RS version that takes design cues from the firm’s Fiesta-based rally car.

Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain, went as far as to suggest the firm was planning on mocking up a Fiesta based on the rally car for the road. ‘We’re experimenting with the idea of building a running show car that can be demonstrated on the road,’ he said.

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Re: Ford to do RS versions of its SUV/Cuvs?

Sticking RS badges on high riders bothers me big time, but does not surprise me in the least that Pericak would love to do.
All I can envision is
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No, it's Just Ford Europe working out a way to gouge ROW customers for an Edge Sport.
The Americans ge all sorts of great combinations like V6 EB in Edge and Fusion but for
Europe and ROW customers it's boring 2.0 Ecoboost...snoozefest.

we've surrendered a S/C 5,0 Falcon for a RHD atmo Mustang, too much ground
is being given up to "One (useless) Ford" all in deference to Euro buyers
who live in crap central for fuel prices.
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Sticking RS badges on high riders bothers me big time, but does not surprise me in the least that Pericak would love to do.
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Funny, this is what I envision in a lowered wide stance performance CUV,

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For sure some lame brain decisions on what engines are allowed in the EU Mondeo and especially the Edge saddled with the choice of tractor engines only.
But I did not realize that Jim Farley dictated to Dave Schoch what Edge spec is sent to the Aussie market from Oakville?

My issue is slapping RS badges on high riding vehicles. A S badge, or Sport or ST-Line is fine but RS is for facking Rally Sport vehicles. And I just cannot envision a Kuga/Escape or Edge having anything to do with the image of being a Rally Sport type machine.

I have zero issue with Performance vehicles be it car or tall vehicles. And also I don't think Ford euro fans have any issues with large engines with the Mustang V8 out selling the 2.3EB big time. I think the V8 is around 80% of sales.

BTW, Ford Europe has change the Sport trim to ST-Line on the Edge
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BTW, Ford Europe has change the Sport trim to ST-Line on the Edge
Oh good I was going to say with your earlier comment that ST would be more appropriate but looks like that was already covered. I guess it really just matters what SUV/Crossover they do this for and how they handle it. If it's just an extra 10 HP with some stickers then it's a waste. Something like an Expedition RS would be incredibly stupid.
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If they want something above 'Sport' for CUVs/SUVs, I would consider ST-X.
The R in RS should be for Racing!
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Shouldnt they start with maybe an ST version?
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If they want something above 'Sport' for CUVs/SUVs, I would consider ST-X.
The R in RS should be for Racing!

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imho they shouldN'T start with a Focus-based//ie Escape//ie smallISH "RUV"
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Re: Ford to do RS versions of its SUV/Cuvs?

The Ford Escape / Kuga is the obvious candidate for a credible RS SUV because it would be quite easy to add the 2.3 EB, and GKN Twinster AWD system from the Focus RS.

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