250HP Ford Fiesta RS Hinted to Arrive in 2017

If you hadn’t noticed, Ford is on a bit of a performance car war path. At this time last year, the Blue Oval announced it would bring 12 new performance vehicles into production by 2020. Some are obvious—the 2017 Ford GT, F-150 Raptor pickup, and of course the 2016 Ford Focus RS and Shelby GT350. But some are not.  A racy Ford Fiesta RS remains one of those big mysteries, but according to Germany's Autobild, it may be a mystery no longer. The German publication says that the teeny Fiesta could net a super-sporty “RS” treatment for the 2017 model year, bringing with it a sizzling 250 horsepower and perhaps even all-wheel drive. If true, you best believe this tiny superhatch could make a big impact on the hot hatchback market. RELATED: Top Gear "Reasonably Priced Car" Hits eBay Charity Auction
250HP Ford Fiesta RS Hinted to Arrive in 2017
The paper couldn’t confirm the clandestine Fiesta RS outright, but it points to the rumored RS wielding a zestier version of the Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter engine—a turbocharged four-cylinder, which beneath the storming ST generates 197 horsepower. If 250 horsepower is indeed the target, that would put the RS nearly neck-and-neck with the larger Focus ST and a solid midpoint between the fan-favorite Volkswagen Golf GTI and rock ‘em sock ‘em Golf R. As all-wheel drive systems add a good deal of complexity and weight to a vehicle’s mix, it seems logical that a Fiesta RS would forgo four driven wheels, and in turn, carve its own niche outside of the 350 hp, all-wheel drive Focus RS. But only time will tell. In terms of visual cues, one can presume sharper and meaner styling, a dash of front and rear aerodynamic enhancements, and a smattering of “RS” emblems inside and out. A Fiesta RS arrival sometime next year (as a 2017 model) would conveniently mark the 40th anniversary of the Ford Fiesta lineup, and that may very well be a benchmark Ford doesn’t want to miss. Let’s hope. RELATED: The Golf R400 May Not Happen, But This 510 HP Golf R is Real

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