The new model, which we've spotted testing before, would add 53 ponies to the Fiesta ST's 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. An even 250 hp would be more than enough for the Fiesta RS to take on competitors like the Mini John Cooper Works. Unfortunately, the powertrain changes aren't likely to extend to the number of driven wheels.
While the lack of the Focus RS' new performance all-wheel-drive system would be a blow, it'd also mean Ford could sell the Fiesta RS at a more attainable price. That's good news for enthusiasts. And even with front-wheel drive, owners would still get an aesthetic inspired by Ford's rally efforts, as well as an even more aggressive suspension.
If this were to happen, we'd expect to see the first hints about it in mid-to-late 2016. We'll be waiting, Ford.