Ford Fiesta RS Reportedly Due In 2017 With 246 HP

When it comes to hot hatches, the Blue Oval is very experienced at providing thrills – even its smallest offering, the Fiesta ST, is arguably the best in its segment.

Apparently, though, it is alread hard at work developing a Fiesta RS as part of its continued roll-out of additional performance cars including the Focus RS, GT and Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R duo.

Autobild suggests that the Fiesta RS is on track to be launched sometime in 2017 and that its power will be derived from the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as the Fiesta ST. However, where the ST delivers 197 hp, the even more track-focused RS could deliver as much as 246 hp to offer performance previously unseen in small hatches.

Four-wheel drive was deemed necessary for the Focus RS to cope with its 350 hp, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, but its smaller sibling will stick to FWD as a. its chassis is capable of handling it, and b. AWD would add a lot of complexity and increase costs.

Beyond its upgraded engine, it will receive improved suspension and braking systems as well as a selection of new visual and aerodynamic elements, including bold front and rear fascias.

Renderings courtesy of X-Tomi


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