The widely circulated rumor that Ford will build a Fiesta RS seemed plausible, if somewhat farfetched when we reported it last month. Now, it seems like it could be a distinct possibility according to Steve Odell, Ford's Executive Vice President of global marketing. Odell that there's room to expand the RS brand, in an interview at the Detroit Auto show.
"The RS brand is really valuable," said Odell. "People race it. People collect it. I believe there is room to expand."
Odell didn't confirm which, if any, Ford models would receive the RS treatment, but the Fiesta seems the most likely candidate. For starters, a Fiesta RS has long been rumored and it makes sense that Ford's subcompact would get the same treatment as its larger sibling. That the Fiesta ST has been so well received should only help the Fiesta RS's case.
Auto Express also cites the Fusion and Escape (Mondeo and Kuga in Europe, respectively) as future RS candidates, but those seem more unlikely. Ford just debuted the Fusion V6 Sport, which has nearly the same horsepower as the Focus RS, and an Escape RS just seems farfetched. Other than the Fiesta, no particular car in Ford's lineup stands out as a strong RS candidate.
Odell's comment isn't a confirmation of the Fiesta RS's eventual arrival, but it's fair to assume Ford is seriously considering building it. If the Focus RS is well received by the press and customers, a Fiesta RS could make a strong case for itself.