2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec) - First Drive, March 2013Enlarge Photo
The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is about to unleash upon the world a new generation of its Focus RS on February 3, however, the car may not be the only high-performance hatchback in the Blue Oval’s fleet for very long. News has emerged that Ford is working on a version of its Fiesta hotter than the current ST, and this latest version may just don the RS badge as well.
The new Ford Performance division is set to launch 12 new vehicles by 2020, including the likes of the new GT supercar, F-150 Raptor, Focus RS, and Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R. This means there are still a few empty slots, one of which could certainly be filled by a Fiesta RS.
Speaking with Autocar, Ford Performance exec Tyrone Johnson said work on a hotter version of the Fiesta was underway and that the global success of the current Fiesta ST, launched in 2013, is what persuaded manages to approve the project. No doubt the launch of the rival Volkswagen Polo R also weighed in on the decision-making.
Talk of a Fiesta RS dates back to 2008 and really heated up following the debut of the Fiesta RS rally car in 2010. If built, the new car will likely feature the Fiesta’s three-door body to help differentiate it from the five-door Focus RS. Other features should be a significant power bump on the Fiesta ST’s 180 hp, along with corresponding suspension, brake and tire upgrades.
Stay tuned for an update.