Rumours say refreshed Ford Fiesta ST will also be revealed
According to a host of different outlets, we should expect a slew of performance models, including a faster Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R (we were on hand for the GT350 reveal in November), a North American friendly Ford Focus RS, the next Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, and — while it’s a stretch — a reincarnation of the Ford GT, Dearborn’s Prancing Horse slayer.
The GT350R is expected to turn up performance to 11 as it attempts to take on the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The Bowtie (erm, Flowtie) brand put a 7.0L naturally aspirated V8 in the Camaro to perform its track ballet. With only a 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 under the hood, we wonder how the new Shelby will bring a challenge to the performance Chevy.
That said, during the GT350 reveal, executives wouldn’t confirm official horsepower or torque numbers, only stating the 5.2L V8 makes “over 500 hp and over 400 lb-ft of torque.” Maybe Ford has something up its well-tailored racing suit sleeves.
For those with a little less money to spend, Ford is expected to release the Focus RS onto the New World. While offered in Europe through a couple generations, we didn’t receive the top-shelf performance hatch here in North America, getting only the SVT Focus and Focus ST. If rumours are to be believed, the Focus RS will crank out near 300 hp from a modified version of the 2.3L EcoBoost four banger doing duty in the Mustang.
If you’d rather take your performance off-road, the next iteration of the SVT Raptor is on the horizon. Expect it to keep the same formula as before: long travel suspension, beefed-up driveline, and a 6.2L V8 engine under the hood.
But, the biggest “if” of the rumours is the previously reported Ford GT. Additional confirmation has hit the web with multiple outlets reporting that, yes, the Ford GT will be revealed in Detroit. In what form? Who knows. It’s all a big mystery.
Oh, and a refreshed Fiesta with ST badges will be there, too.