A new report from Motoring.com.au says that widely-rumoured Ford Fiesta RS could arrive in a years’ time. No official statement has been made by Ford regarding this but but if the Focus RS is a success, then plans for a cheaper and smaller Fiesta RS could gain momentum. The Australian publication has also rendered how the Fiesta RS could look like. Basic layout of the car remains the same but the RS variant gets new bonnet vents, a more aggressive body kit, a lower ride, bigger wheels and a wider stance.
The report further states that the Fiesta RS is unlikely to get Ford’s 247 hp (184 kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged-petrol engine and instead could be powered by a retuned version of Fiesta ST’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline motor. The current powertrain in the Fiesta ST delivers 215 hp (160 kW) and 320 Nm of torque when the car is equipped with the Mountune kit.
Unlike the 2016 Focus RS, the Fiesta RS may not get an AWD layout, which its potential competitors, the Audi S1 and VW Polo R do. Ford may stick with the FWD system to reduce costs, although the company will take the necessary steps to improve the handling of the vehicle. This would likely be done by equipping it with bigger brakes and a firmer suspension. The engine should come mated to exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission.