Following the much anticipated release of the hottest hatch in the Ford lineup – the Focus RS – the rumor mill has exploded with rumors about an upcoming Fiesta RS version to sit below in the lineup of Ford Performance.
Now a recent report is going to be saddening some fans, because the model appears to remain a fantasy of motorists – with Ford Performance chief engineer Tyrone Johnson telling he heard of the Fiesta RS “… some comments from senior Ford people that it’s definitively not in the plan.” Such news is always unfortunate – after all the Fiesta is one of Ford’s best selling machines and there would be a wide range of customers looking to something spicier than the sporty Fiesta ST. The rumors painted a very interesting picture about the Fiesta RS: turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine working out to around 246 horsepower – a great response to the latest crop of Renault Clio RS versions. And it would have packed an aggressive body kit, sport suspension and high performance braking system.
Meanwhile, the Ford Performance executive has confirmed the division was already at work developing the next high-performance model – no details were revealed yet but we do know they want to have a lineup of at least 12 high-performance cars and so far we only know of the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R and the latest GT.