It’s still uncertain at this juncture whether Ford Performance will pull the trigger on a rumored 2017 Ford Fiesta RS to slot above the ST-badged hot-hatch, the latter of which already packs a wallop to the tune of 197 horsepower from a 1.6-liter EcoBoost I4.
Still, rumors regarding a Ford Fiesta RS persist, with the latest coming our way from Leftlane News: the automotive news site reports that an alleged 2017 Ford Fiesta RS could put out as many as 247 ponies, nearly 20 more than the rumored target of 230 horsepower. Leftlane points out that the increase in anticipated horsepower isn’t unlike the gradual availability of new info about the 2016 Ford Focus RS, which was initially reported to produce in the neighborhood of 315 HP.
We now know that the Focus RS makes some 35 HP more than those reports had indicated.
Additional rumors continue to circulate that the alleged 2017 Ford Fiesta RS could arrive with an all-wheel drive system akin to that on the Focus RS, but that seems unlikely given the associated costs and complexities. Leftlane does anticipate the use of a stiffer suspension, limited-slip differential, and bigger brakes, all of which would certainly help the pint-size hatchback put all 247 horsepower down to the pavement.