Could become the fastest-accelerating hatchback in history.
According to company insiders who spoke to Motor Mag, the Blue Oval is thinking about a more extreme model which could become the "fastest-accelerating hatchback in history."
Little is known about the car but the publication is reporting it could be equipped with a new front bumper that features larger air intakes and additional vents. The publication goes on to speculate about carbon fiber reinforced plastic bodywork, forged aluminum suspension components, and a carbon fiber braking system. Other rumored changes include a stripped-out interior, the removal of some sound insulation material, and electronically-controlled limited-slip differentials.
Power will reportedly be provided by an upgraded 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. There's no word on specifications but the engine currently produces 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It could be paired to an upgraded dual-clutch transmission.
Ford engineers reportedly believe the performance upgrades could enable the car to be faster than the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45.
The model could cost approximately $57,800 which would make it significantly more expensive than the Focus RS. There's no word on when a decision will be made but Ford is reportedly watching sales of the standard model to determine whether or not there's enough of a market for a more extreme version.
Source: Motor Mag