The automotive industry was stunned when the new Ford Focus RS was unleashed in 2016, as the impressive compact car packed a serious punch and delivered excellent statistics. The 345bhp four-wheel drive hot hatchback ticked all of the boxes that a hot hatch fan could want, and many motorists were thrilled to learn that it also had an affordable price-tag.
Rumblings of a Fiesta RS
With the success of the vehicle, there have since been persistent rumblings of Ford’s Performance division turning their attention to the Fiesta and giving it the RS makeover. Ford reported that their sales for hot hatches soared by 21% in September 2016, plus they also recently unveiled the Mk7 Ford Fiesta – this seems to suggest that the Fiesta RS could be just around the corner.
Clues from Ford
Furthering the case for the Fiesta RS is the fact that executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service hinted that Ford was planning to make more use of the coveted RS badge. Steve Odell stated “the RS brand is really valuable. People race it. People collect it. I believe there is room to expand”. The rumours started back in 2015, when Ford’s senior vehicle engineer stated that the current Fiesta had another two and a half years before it was replaced and that there “could be something else” after this.
It is reported that the vehicle is currently in development stage, but some people believe that they have figured out the specifications of the highly-anticipated automobile. It is thought that the Fiesta RS could get as much as 250bhp, which would be a considerable amount more than the Fiesta ST (178bhp). It could also feature four-wheel drive as this is something that they have tried to roll out into other models.
Whilst you Wait
It seems that a Fiesta RS certainly is on the horizon, but those in the market right now for a new car will not want to wait as it is only a rumour right now. The current Fiesta is definitely worth considering and it is Britain’s best-selling car of all-time. You can find affordable used Fiestas and different models at reputable car supermarket websites e.g. Motorpoint.
The success of the Ford Focus RS in 2016 and constant rumours of a Fiesta RS has the hot hatch community on high alert – it seems only a matter of time until Ford make the announcement that the Performance division will be working their magic once again.