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Ford Shows Production-Ready Fiesta ST In Geneva 6
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Ford Fiesta ST, Geneva Motor Show, Hot Hatchbacks, Kurt on 03 6th, 2012

Ford's Fiesta ST. Image: Ford Motor Company

We’ll hit you with the bad news up front: the Fiesta ST, debuting in “production ready” form at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, won’t be coming to the United States anytime soon. Blame it on a car-buying public that avoids small hatchbacks, or blame it on a weak dollar and strong Euro, but no matter what the reason, the Fiesta ST won’t be in a U.S. Ford dealer’s showroom in the foreseeable future.

Ford's Fiesta ST. Image: Ford Motor Company

We think that’s a shame, partly because we have a thing for hot hatchbacks, but also because the Fiesta ST could easily step in to fill the role of “best bang for the performance buck” vacated by the current Honda Civic Si. Even in stock form, the Fiesta ST is rated at 177 horsepower and comes with a torque-vectoring differential, which can propel the Fiesta ST from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds, on its way to a top speed of 137 mph.

Ford's Fiesta ST. Image: Ford Motor Company

The Fiesta ST even comes with three electronic stability control modes, since Ford (correctly) assumes that buyers will use the car for track days and autocross competition. Buyers get Recaro sport seats, too, which appear to blend fabric and leather for maximum grip and comfort.

Ford's Fiesta ST. Image: Ford Motor Company

Ford's Fiesta ST. Image: Ford Motor Company

Never say never, though, since Ford “remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to other regions, including North America.” While European customers will be buying Fiesta STs in early 2013, those of us on this side of the pond will need to wait a bit longer. Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles, promises that the automaker will “have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future.”

Ford's Fiesta ST. Image: Ford Motor Company

We hope the Fiesta ST is a go, but then again we also though the Focus ST would be on the market by now. Let’s hope that Ford delivers good news on both fronts in the very near future.



Ford’s Fastest Fiesta Debuts In Frankfurt 14
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Ford Fiesta ST, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, News on 09 14th, 2011

Ford's Fiesta ST concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

If you like the idea behind the Ford Focus ST, but wanted something a little smaller and lower priced, you may be in luck. Ford is debuting the all-new Fiesta ST concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and word is that the project has already been given a green light for production. That’s the good news: the bad news is that the markets the car will be sold in still haven’t been finalized. If you want to see a Fiesta ST in the U.S., now is the time to let Ford know.

Like its big brother the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST gets its power from an EcoBoost engine. In the Fiesta, this is a 1.6-liter engine good for some 177 horsepower and 177 ft-lb of torque. That may not sound like much, but remember that the Fiesta has less than 2,500 pounds of mass to accelerate. Ford claims a respectable 0 to 100 kph time of “under seven seconds,” on the car’s way to a top speed of 135 miles per hour. More good news? The car will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Outside, the Fiesta ST takes its styling cues from the Fiesta RS WRC cars (which come with 600 horsepower ands AWD, but cost around $500,000 each). There’s a body kit, a rear diffuser with dual exhausts, 17-inch wheels, widened wheel arches and a lower stance. The car gets a sport suspension, which most likely translates to lower springs, stiffer dampers and sway bars front and rear.

Inside, expect the Fiesta ST to take styling hints from the Focus ST, including seat inserts that match the car’s exterior color. Driver and front seat passenger get Recaro seats, which should ensure front seat occupants are comfortable and anchored even during spirited driving.

There’s no word yet on pricing, but expect the Fiesta ST to top out the Fiesta range if it’s offered for sale in America. What’s your take? Is the under-$30,000 Ford Focus ST, with its 247 horsepower EcoBoost engine, enough for the U.S. market, or is there room for an under-$24,000 Ford Fiesta ST as well? Let us know what you think.

Source: Ford



Ford’s Fastest Fiesta Debuts In Frankfurt 14
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Ford Fiesta ST, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, News on 09 14th, 2011

Ford's Fiesta ST concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

If you like the idea behind the Ford Focus ST, but wanted something a little smaller and lower priced, you may be in luck. Ford is debuting the all-new Fiesta ST concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and word is that the project has already been given a green light for production. That’s the good news: the bad news is that the markets the car will be sold in still haven’t been finalized. If you want to see a Fiesta ST in the U.S., now is the time to let Ford know.

Like its big brother the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST gets its power from an EcoBoost engine. In the Fiesta, this is a 1.6-liter engine good for some 177 horsepower and 177 ft-lb of torque. That may not sound like much, but remember that the Fiesta has less than 2,500 pounds of mass to accelerate. Ford claims a respectable 0 to 100 kph time of “under seven seconds,” on the car’s way to a top speed of 135 miles per hour. More good news? The car will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Outside, the Fiesta ST takes its styling cues from the Fiesta RS WRC cars (which come with 600 horsepower ands AWD, but cost around $500,000 each). There’s a body kit, a rear diffuser with dual exhausts, 17-inch wheels, widened wheel arches and a lower stance. The car gets a sport suspension, which most likely translates to lower springs, stiffer dampers and sway bars front and rear.

Inside, expect the Fiesta ST to take styling hints from the Focus ST, including seat inserts that match the car’s exterior color. Driver and front seat passenger get Recaro seats, which should ensure front seat occupants are comfortable and anchored even during spirited driving.

There’s no word yet on pricing, but expect the Fiesta ST to top out the Fiesta range if it’s offered for sale in America. What’s your take? Is the under-$30,000 Ford Focus ST, with its 247 horsepower EcoBoost engine, enough for the U.S. market, or is there room for an under-$24,000 Ford Fiesta ST as well? Let us know what you think.

Source: Ford







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