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Tyrone Johnson: Ford Fiesta RS ‘Definitively Not In The Plan’

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Some utterly devastating news came out of Australia earlier today, with Ford Performance Chief Engineer Tyrone Johnson telling Australian website Motoring that the rumored future Ford Fiesta RS hot-hatch is absolutely, definitely not in the cards the moment.

Dealing with disappointment is all part of being an adult, of course, but we rather hope we’d be forgiven for shedding a few tears.

The folks at Motoring spoke to Mr. Johnson recently, pressing the Chief Engineer for intel on forthcoming Ford Performance offerings, and in particular, the alleged Ford Fiesta RS. He responded: “I’ve seen some comments from senior Ford people that [a Ford Fiesta RS is] definitively not in the plan.

“So typically we don’t talk about future product, but on that particular one because there has been so much chatter, there has been comments along the lines of ‘not in the plan.'”

While it might be easy (and tempting) to dismiss Johnson’s comments as indefinite or even disingenuous, we don’t see a scenario in which the Ford Performance Chief Engineer would be misinformed about a product in-development within his own division, nor one in which Ford might benefit from his lying.

After all, if he were simply trying to throw the media off the Ford Fiesta RS’ scent, why not limit his comments to the standard “we don’t talk about future products?”

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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