Could Ford be making a new Fiesta RS?

Rumours have been circulating about the possibility of a new Ford Fiesta RS, a model which, if realised, would certainly bolster the line-up of performance cars available from the blue oval.

With Ford very recently releasing further details about the much-awaited Ford Focus RS, it has been reported that an RS version of the Ford Fiesta could be just a few years away from release.

Ford has promised the release of 12 performance models in the coming years, but have not specified whether the Fiesta will be receiving this treatment. While Ford is remaining tight-lipped on whether the rumours are true, it would present an even greater level of choice for those looking for a vehicle that combines practicality with power.

Could it arrive by 2017?

If such a model is going to be produced, it would be based on the current model and could be available from official Ford dealers as early as 2017 before the unveiling of the Mk8 Fiesta in 2007. The obvious target for the RS would be the hot hatch market, competing against the likes of the Volkswagen Polo R and the Audi S1.

Should it borrow the aesthetics and technical specifications of the Fiesta WRC model, the result could be a road-suitable Fiesta with four-wheel drive, plus an upgraded version of the turbocharged 1.6L EcoBoost engine, which could produce more than 250bhp. Early estimates on the price are around £23,000, which, if true, would represent a saving of nearly £2,000 on the Audi S1.

While details on the Fiesta RS are still, to an extent, without foundation, this news of a brand new Ford car has excited people across the motoring community. As it’s something the team here at Foray Motor Group will definitely keep an eye on, be sure to check our news section to find out all the latest developments.

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