If the hype surrounding Ford’s new Focus RS hot hatch is anything to go by, the carmaker may finally be convinced that a Fiesta RS should follow.
And it may already be in the pipeline, with reports out of Europe suggesting the baby RS will arrive in time for the Fiesta’s 40th anniversary in 2017.
Germany’s Autobild reports that the Fiesta RS will be powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing up to 183kW.
That’s the same 1.6 litre four-pot that powers the current Fiesta ST, with power boosted 36kW for the hotter RS.
While a Fiesta, um, fiesta in 2017 seems like a logical move for Ford, it’s the ST that may stand in the way of an RS model being part of the celebrations.
The ST has been highly-acclaimed since it arrived on the scene as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and there may not be room in Ford’s line-up for another RS model to sit below the Focus.
The Focus RS boasts all-wheel-drive and will carry a starting price of $50,990 when it arrives in Australia next year. The Fiesta ST by comparison starts from $25,990.
A 40th Anniversary Fiesta RS would need to sit between the ST and the Focus RS price-wise, and the financial pressure will likely prohibit the adaptation of the Focus’ AWD system for use in the Fiesta.
While Ford is yet to confirm that a Fiesta RS (either FWD or AWD) is on the way, the carmaker has promised a dozen or more high-performance cars in the future with the F-150 Raptor, Mustang Shelby GT350, the Focus RS and the new GT filling some of those spaces.
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