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.