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Fiesta RS Rumors Hit New Tempo; Engineers Reportedly Shooting For 247 Horsepower

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On: Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 7:38AM | By: Carl Malek

Fiesta RS Rumors Hit New Tempo; Engineers Reportedly Shooting For 247 Horsepower

Rumors surrounding the upcoming Fiesta RS have simmered for months, but a new batch has turned up the heat on the speculation, with more power and a suite of upgrades in the cards for the tiniest RS badge-wearing hot hatchback.

Originally the rumors claimed that the RS would produce up to 230 horsepower from its highly modified 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a sizable jump from the 197 horsepower delivered by the ST version. However, according to a report from Autobild, engineers within Ford are shooting for even more muscle, with 247 horsepower serving as the new benchmark. This revised figure comes on the heels of the recently unveiled Focus RS which initially promised 315 horsepower from its tuned 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, before ultimately turning into 350 horsepower, thanks to last minute tweaks and modifications.

The new rumors also claim that the Fiesta RS would steal a page from its bigger cousin's playbook and arrive with an all-wheel drive system to help manage the power, a claim that initially makes sense considering the huge amount of torque steer that would be at play if the front wheels do indeed have to cope with 247 horsepower. However, this claim is also viewed as a highly unlikely solution due to the massive expense involved in not only creating the system, but also the modifications to the platform that would be needed for the car to accommodate the system. The suite of upgrades is expected to go just beyond the engine with a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes, a limited slip differential, and several tweaks to the exterior styling and the aerodynamics package. This would allow it to stand out from its lesser siblings, while also allowing the Fiesta RS to carve out a niche for itself that would not only allow it to compete with European rivals such as the Audi S1 and the Volkswagen Polo R, it would tackle U.S. rivals including the MINI John Cooper Works hatchback, as well as the next generation Honda Civic Si.


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