New details are starting to emerge about the Ford Fiesta RS.

New details are starting to emerge about the Ford Fiesta RS.

According to Autobild, the model will likely be launched in 2017 to mark the car's 40th anniversary. 

Ford hasn't confirmed plans for a Fiesta RS but the company has previously said they will offer at least 12 high-performance cars in the future.  The Fiesta RS is believed to be one of these models and it is slated to join a growing lineup that includes the Focus RS, the F-150 Raptor, the Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R and the all-new GT.

Little is known about the Fiesta RS at this point but it is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Focus RS and adopt an aggressive front fascia, revised side skirts, and a sporty rear end.  We can also expect a sport-tuned suspension and a high-performance braking system.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the publication says the car will use an upgraded version of the Fiesta ST's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.  It produces 197 hp (147 kW) in the ST but rumors suggest the RS could have up to 246 hp (183 kW).

Earlier rumors suggested the Fiesta RS could feature an all-wheel drive system but this seems unlikely as mainstream models don't have an all-wheel drive option and the expense of creating a system specifically for the Fiesta RS would be hard to justify.

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