Ford has announced a hotter version of the Fiesta is in the works and will sit above the current range-topping ST model.

Ford has announced a hotter version of the Fiesta is in the works and will sit above the current range-topping ST model.

The newly formed Ford Performance division of the Blue Oval company is the result of merging the RS and Ford Racing branches and they have promised to launch 12 models by the end of the decade. We already know the identity of four cars (Focus RS, GT, F-150 Raptor and Mustang GT350) while details about the other eight are scarce at the moment.

However, Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson has disclosed plans to launch a higher specification Fiesta slotting above the ST version. He didn't say whether it will be a replacement for the current ST or a full-blown RS version but he did specify the car will be based on the current chassis which means it will be out probably in 2017 or so. The decision to create a beefier Fiesta was fueled by the success of the ST variant which went on sale in 2013.

In related news, Johnson said the Focus ST diesel will get a dual-clutch Powershift automatic transmission before the end of 2015. Ford hasn't decided yet whether the gasoline version will receive the gearbox because they are not sure there's enough demand for such a model.

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More potent Ford Fiesta planned; could be an RS version