The Sleuth sends big kudos in Ford’s direction for injecting some serious performance into its small-car lineup. Currently you can purchase a 252-horsepower Focus ST hatchback or a 197-horsepower Fiesta ST. As if those numbers aren’t impressive enough, the all-wheel-drive Focus RS that’s arriving soon with 350 turbocharged horsepower is sure to make compact-car performance fans swoon. The Spy Guy now hears that Ford will also introduce an RS version of the Fiesta for the 2017 model year. Apparently the output rating will be in the vicinity of 250 horsepower. As with the rest of the ST and RS models, beefier brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, sport bucket seats and unique body trim will be included, but all-wheel-drive will not. Proficiency in shifting your own gears will be mandatory.
A new Ford Fiesta RS will make about 250 horsepower, but will not come with all-wheel-drive like the larger and more powerful Focus RS.