Report: Ford Fiesta RS Due By 2015 With 230 HP

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Although we’ve been hearing whispers for a while that the top-shelf performance Ford Focus RS is in development, with a rumored release date in late 2014 or 2015, Auto Express now reports that a Ford Fiesta RS is also in the works.

Building upon the success of the joyously toss-able 2014 Ford Fiesta ST (pictured), a Ford Fiesta RS would certainly get a power boost among other performance upgrades. Ford will reportedly seek to eke out around 230 hp from the 1.6-liter turbo four currently at work in the Ford Fiesta ST, a significant hike from the current 197 hp. Much like the blistering Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car, a production-spec Ford Fista RS would reportedly be clad in a burlier, aerodynamic bodykit, stripped-down interior dotted with lightweight materials, and bolstered racing seats.

To accommodate the extra muscle, the Ford Fiesta RS should get larger brakes, upgraded suspension, and a limited-slip front differential. This would bring things neatly in line with the performance treatment expected on the future Ford Focus RS, which is anticipated to get a 330-350-hp version of the 2.3-liter turbo used in the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Lincoln MKC.

We’re not holding our breath about this news, considering that not a peep has surfaced from Dearborn about the timeline for the Ford Focus RS. But, should things speed along considerably, a Ford Fiesta RS could arrive sometime around 2015. The performance-hatch would likely debut first in Europe and then a few months later stateside, as per Ford’s recent “One Ford” sharing philosophy.

Kenneth Herbert
There is no mention of all-wheel drive for either the Fiesta or the Focus. 350 HP via the front wheels only? Really? 
@automobilemag. @Ford: please make these two happen! And while on it, how about creating special versions like the old RS500?
Current US market cars have more than the 179HP you quote. Try 197HP, and that has been proven to be highly conservative. A 30hp bump wouldn't be huge.

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