Ford Performance Division Developing Higher-Performance Fiesta, Possibly A Fiesta RS

Ford has made it loud and clear it has a renewed focus (pun intended) on performance vehicles. The Blue Oval boldly showed that with 2016 Ford GT, 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350R, and 2017 F-150 Raptor revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The renewed emphasis on performance is partly a result of merging Ford’s various performance in-house divisions (SVT, ST, Ford Racing) under one global roof, simply titled, Ford Performance.

The new division has promised 12 new performance models by 2020, including a new Focus RS, the GT, as well as variants of the Mustang and F-150. But there can only be so many hotted-up Mustang and F-150 variants, meaning that a few other models will get the performance treatment. And now, we have some insight about one of the upcoming performance models, which is none other than the Ford Fiesta RS.

A Ford Fiesta RS driven by Peter Solberg competing in the WRC Rally

A Ford Fiesta RS driven by Peter Solberg competing in the WRC Rally.

Speaking to Autocar, Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson said that the division was working on a new, higher-performance version of the Fiesta that could theoretically be a Ford Performance product. He did say, though, that the variant will be based on the current Fiesta chassis, which means it will be arriving within the next two and a half years.

“There’s more to come from the current Fiesta,” he said, adding that the decision had been made after the global success of the Fiesta ST, which was launched in 2013.

We can’t wait for further news on the hotter Fiesta RS, which we’re sure will pick up right where the ST pocket-rocket leaves off. And knowing how fun the Fiesta ST can be, that’s a good place.

Sean is a staff writer for GM Authority and Motrolix. When's he's not busy taking in local automotive culture, he's probably detailing his car.

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