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Spied: Ford Fiesta RS Hits the Streets With its Entourage

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/17/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Even before the Ford Focus RS debuted in Geneva earlier this month, we heard rumors that a Fiesta RS would also make its way to market. It looks like those rumors were true, now that our spy photographers have spotted the high-performance Fiesta testing on what appears to be public roads.

Wearing just a little camouflage, the Fiesta RS prototype was seen driving alongside two Focus RS models. Peeking at the front, the new Fiesta sports a modified front end with extra cooling components hiding behind a temporary grille. We also see the developers have tacked on fender flares to accommodate a wider wheel track, while makeshift body panels adorn the rear fascia. These modifications come as no surprise, considering early Focus RS prototypes had similar features.

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Ford Fiesta RS Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Fiesta RS Prototype

So when can we see this model in showrooms? According to a previous report from Auto Express, the traditional Fiesta is due for an overhaul in over two years before a new ST comes to market, and after that happens, "there could be something else" like an RS version. When it finally arrives, the Fiesta RS may use an updated version of the Fiesta ST's 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with as much as 250 hp. Also expect upgraded brakes and a revised suspension.

It is also possible the new Fiesta RS will feature all-wheel drive like its sibling, the Focus RS. A previous report from Autocar confirmed Ford planned to make more cars with the Focus RS' new All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control. This system uses twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit to manage the front-rear split and side-to-side torque vectoring on the rear axle, helping to eliminate understeer.

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Ford Fiesta RS Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Fiesta RS Prototype

Ford promises to introduce 12 new high-performance vehicles by 2020, so expect plenty more surprises on the way in the next few years. The Fiesta RS we see in these pics is likely to arrive for the 2017 model year.

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