Rumors surrounding a hotter version of the Fiesta ST, probably with the RS badge, have been around for quite some time now.
Still, despite the automaker constantly denying it, it seems that Ford might finally be interested in launching the Fiesta RS.
Details are very scarce at the moment, but Motoring asked the Ford Performance Europe chief, Leo Roeks, about a hotter Fiesta during the global launch of the new ST. In response, Roeks simply said: “I can’t tell you, but I’m very busy”.
This is a small premise to start speculating about an imminent reveal of the Fiesta RS, but while the Australian website suggests that this model is indeed coming, we’re taking it with a grain of salt for now. For all we know, we could be looking at a slightly updated version of the ST, with a minor bump in power and some more aggressive styling rather than a full-blown RS.
Ford’s challenger to the likes of the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Clio RS uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. The unit is new, features cylinder deactivation for improved fuel consumption and lowered CO2 emissions, and puts out 200PS (197hp / 147kW) and 290Nm (214lb-ft) of torque.
According to official figures, the new Fiesta ST needs 6.7 seconds to cover the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint, a 0.2 second improvement over the previous model.