Now that we’re only waiting for the showroom arrival of the utterly hot Ford Focus RS hatch across the world, the rumor mill can safely resume spinning this time around the smaller Fiesta brethren.
According to the latest report on the little guy – which is apparently going to sport the RS guise as well – the model could land in 2017 and nail the nameplate’s 40th anniversary. Ford has been mum on saying whether they would indeed deliver to fans and eager customers a Fiesta RS but we know for sure the newly reunited bespoke Ford Performance department is looking to introduce more than 12 high-performance vehicles in the near future. The growing range of such cars could consist of the Focus RS, the F-150 Raptor, the Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R, the new GT and now the Fiesta RS. You can see we have many more spaces to be filled so we’ll kep you posted on the evolution of the line as well.
Back to the Fiesta RS, details are scarce at the moment but we’re imagining a design treatment in the same vein of the Focus RS – dynamic front end, new side skirts, aggressive rear end. Besides the obvious power upgrade we’re also going to be treated to an updated sport-tuned suspension and better brakes. While unconfirmed, the word around the Fiesta RS pits the ST’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine climbing from 197 hp (147 kW) to around 246 hp (183 kW). We’re mostly thinking the AWD system from the Focus will not be a go due to expenses and R&D shenanigans.