Update: Ford Fiesta Review.
Its no secret Ford are busy preparing a new breed of high performance Focus with the RS model, however latest reports reveal the Fiesta will also be given the rally sport treatment.
The Fiesta RS model will be a stripped out pocket rocket – and the car is no heffer to begin with – effectively an XR4 on steroids.
An aggressive aerokit, bulging wheel arches and lowered stance will give this super mini a dominant stance – revved up to compete against the likes of the John Cooper Works MINI Cooper.
One likely powerplant is an uprated and turbocharged 1.6-litre engine from the Focus ST which should develop power in the vicinity of 150kW with a 0-100km/h time around the 6 second mark.
The kit available to Ford give the Fiesta RS true junior rally potential, complete with Ford’s six-speed twin-clutch semi-auto gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters as well as stiffer springs, uprated dampers and thicker anti-roll bars for brilliant road holding.
Don’t expect it to arrive until at least 2010, with an expected price tag around AUD$37,000.