We can hardly wait to get our grubby little hands on the upcoming Ford Focus RS. The car might well be the highest-performance hot hatch we’ve ever seen, but a price tag that approaches the $40,000 mark means it is out of reach for some. However, for a while, we were banking on rumors that a forthcoming RS-ified Ford Fiesta was on the way to provide a lower-priced entry to the RS world. Now, it seems our dreams of a pint-sized RS hatch are doomed, following a new report from CarAdvice that disproves the existence of a rally-ready Fiesta
Speaking with CarAdvice directly, Ford Performance chief engineer Tyrone Johnson shot down any notion of plans for the Fiesta RS, let alone any new RS vehicles at all. “In terms of Fiesta RS, I have seen some comments from senior Ford people that it’s definitely not in the plan,” Tyrone told CarAdvice.
Strangely enough, Tyrone Johnson told Autocar last year that the Fiesta ST “is not the ceiling,” and that, “there’s more to come from the current Fiesta.”
Many rumors had long suggested a Fiesta RS was on its way. We were to expect 230 hp from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, complemented by the addition of heavy-duty brakes, suspension, wheels, tires, and aero. While the Focus RS packs a special all-wheel-drive system, the rumored Fiesta RS would have remained front-wheel drive due to packaging restrictions.