Ford’s Feisty Fiesta ST

When the two-door, Ford Fiesta ST hatchback concept car was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show there was little doubt that it would make it into production.  Last March, Ford Motor Company made it official by unveiling a production-spec version of the 2013 model at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The Fiesta ST features an EcoBoost turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 178 horsepower and 177 pound-fee t of torque. The front wheel drive Fiesta ST also features a six-speed manual transmission and can go from 0-62 mph in under seven seconds. The ST has a top speed of 136 mph.

To handle the increased power, the Fiesta ST is fitted with lower suspension tuning, a three-mode stability control, and Torque Vectoring Control system.

In addition to the mechanical upgrades, the ST also features a new body kit that includes a roof spoiler, side skirts, dual exhaust tips and lower front and rear fascias. Recaro seating compliments the body work. In keeping with the sportier styling, Ford has given the ST metal foot pedals. As is becoming the norm for Ford vehicles, the ST is equipped with the automaker’s popular Sync voice recognition technology. The ST will also feature Ford’s MyKey technology – an innovative safety feature which acts as a performance governor when less experienced motorists are behind the wheel.

In an interview with MotorTrend last March, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles Jost Capito said motorists “will be blown away by the new Fiesta ST.” And an engineer with Ford’s Special Vehicle Team said the ST was “designed to reward excellent drivers, and flatter novices.” Ford road tested the ST on Germany’s famed Nurburgring test track.

The Fiesta ST is not currently available in the U.S., but the four-door concept model received an enthusiastic response when it was shown at the Los Angeles motor show last fall. Ford has said it is open to the idea of marketing the four-door Fiesta ST in the U.S. but has no immediate plans to do so.  The two-door model is scheduled to launch in Europe and Australia next year. The base sticker price is expected to be around $25,000.

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