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FFTeam 11-26-2012 08:45 AM

Ford to Launch Fiesta ST in North America, Brings Big Speed and Style to the Small Car Market
 
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  • Fiesta ST – a well-known hot hatch born in Europe and now ready for North America – packs a punch with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine producing nearly 200 horsepower
  • New Fiesta ST is Ford’s latest vehicle to wear the Sport Technologies badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier this year with the launch of the Focus ST
  • Exclusively equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is expected to be a segment leader in both performance and fuel efficiency

Small cars continue to be a hot segment in North America and with the new Fiesta ST, introduced here at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is expected to have the hottest hatch around.

Fiesta ST, a performance model first launched in Europe back in 2005, is yet another proof point from Ford that small cars are anything but boring. In addition to a precision sport-tuned suspension and an improved braking system, Fiesta ST packs a punch under the hood.

A new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine propels Fiesta ST with an estimated 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft., while Chevrolet Sonic RS produces just 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft.

Unlike the competition, Fiesta ST doesn't simply look like a performance car; it's got the guts to back it up.

"This is a rewarding car to rev," says Mark Roberts, Fiesta calibration supervisor. "With 177 lb.-ft. of torque available from just 1,600 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. by 3,500 rpm, Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size. There's no waiting at all for the power to just push you back in your seat."

Fiesta ST may be born with racing DNA, but buyers won't have to pay for that performance at the pump. Available exclusively as a five-door hatchback in North America and with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is projected to achieve up to 34 mpg.

This compact performance machine sports a unique grille and chin spoiler with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Bright tipped dual-exhaust pipes and high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package: Fiesta ST looks like it's made for the racetrack. The car is first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint.

Fiesta ST steering is more direct and responsive than the base model. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1.

The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the base model.

Increased mechanical grip provided by the suspension improvements is further enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer during hard cornering maneuvers. Three-mode electronic stability control – standard, sport or off – enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions. Overall, Fiesta ST provides enthusiastic drivers with the ideal mix of performance handling and ride comfort.

Fiesta ST will also sound good on the open road. It features the mechanical version of the sound symposer first used on the Focus ST, which went on sale in North America earlier this year, to provide an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. It is unique for Fiesta in that for the first time the engine sound is directly fed into the passenger cabin to accentuate feedback quality and response.

Fiesta ST is the result of the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States.

Kevastator 11-26-2012 12:14 PM

Holy crap 200 hp? For all those who were afraid of it being underpowered, I don't think you'll have to worry anymore haha

sam fisher 11-26-2012 12:15 PM

awesome , but still rather get the focus lol.

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FocusSTHopeful 11-26-2012 12:19 PM

This is it. I will have this car. I . will . have it.

sbc17 11-26-2012 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by FocusSTHopeful (Post 4471071)
This is it. I will have this car. I . will . have it.

Looks like you are gonna have to change your username now...lol

FocusSTHopeful 11-26-2012 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by sbc17 (Post 4471078)
Looks like you are gonna have to change your username now...lol

I shoulda changed it when I bought my GTI over the Focus! lol

mac.mogul 11-26-2012 12:44 PM

But how much will it cost?

Will the LED/HID's be an option like they are on the Focus ST? I'm actually very disappointed to not see them here.

FocusSTHopeful 11-26-2012 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by mac.mogul (Post 4471109)
But how much will it cost?

Will the LED/HID's be an option like they are on the Focus ST? I'm actually very disappointed to not see them here.

the fiesta ST will NEED to undercut the Focus ST's 23$,700 bottom line.

I'm guessing we will see most dealer-specced Fiesta STs around 21-22,000

swansong 11-26-2012 01:25 PM

Nice to see the power get bumped up! [strongman]

I suspect 34 mpg to be a very conservative number, Focus ST is rated 33 mpg hwy, and the 1.6 Fusion with 6 speed manual is rated at 37 (although the Fusion has a ridiculously low 0.27 coefficient of drag.)

kylesvt720 11-26-2012 01:41 PM

And boom goes the dynamite.


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