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Old 02-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #51
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:36 PM   #52
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I'm hearing 197 hp, 177 ft/lbs at 1500 rpm, and 214 ft/lbs at 3500 rpm. Those numbers are with a temporary 20-second overboost function like the Focus ST uses. Curb weights are estimated at 2700 lbs.
2700 lbs. is substantially lighter than the Focus ST (which is heavier than I originally thought it would be) so the HP/weight ratio is not so much different.

This could be some serious fun on twisty roads, auto-x, etc.
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2700 lbs. is substantially lighter than the Focus ST (which is heavier than I originally thought it would be) so the HP/weight ratio is not so much different.

This could be some serious fun on twisty roads, auto-x, etc.
Indeed. My ZX3 is about 2700 pounds and would be down 70HP. The new ST sounds like fun...though I echo the hope for a 3 door.
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2700 lbs. is substantially lighter than the Focus ST (which is heavier than I originally thought it would be) so the HP/weight ratio is not so much different.

This could be some serious fun on twisty roads, auto-x, etc.
Yep. IMO the only thing that might be holding the Fiesta ST back might be the torsion beam rear suspension. We'll have to see how reviews and test drives change that opinion. Ford has worked wonders with the live rear axle in the Mustang so I wouldn't be surprised with stellar results out of the "outdated" torsion beam in the Fiesta ST.
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Yep. IMO the only thing that might be holding the Fiesta ST back might be the torsion beam rear suspension.
Press releases do mention upgraded suspension. It's not as if IRS in a FWD is difficult. We should wait and see. I can find no info on it ATM. Hopefully it will have the toe kickout of the old Focis.
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Hopefully Car & Driver,Autoweek, or Road & Track will do a "shootout" with some of these vehicles:
Ford Fiesta ST vs. Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Mini Cooper S vs. Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

It would make for a VERY INTERESTING read.
The Sonic LTZ should be left out of that comparison.
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The Sonic LTZ should be left out of that comparison.
Why,if you don't mind me asking? All of the above mentioned vehicles have a few things in common:
1.All are hatchbacks

2.All are the highest trim levels respective to each vehicle

3.All use forced induction

4.All are available with a manual transmission(in a couples cases,it's mandatory).
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The turbo is an option engine not limited to the ltz.
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The turbo is an option engine not limited to the ltz.
True,but it's the highest trim level for the Sonic in respective to the other vehicles.
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