Ford has already revealed a cache of concepts and production models at the Frankfurt auto show, and now here to round out the group is the turbocharged Fiesta ST. Ford is calling the zippier Fiesta a concept, but what you see here essentially previews a production model. There was an ST version of the last-gen Fiesta in Europe, and Ford’s upcoming Focus ST could use a little company in the showroom.
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The transformation from run-of-the-mill Fiesta to feisty ST follows the pattern laid down by the Fiesta’s big brother, the Focus ST. Out goes the naturally aspirated four-cylinder and in goes a turbocharged engine. In this case, the EcoBoost four displaces 1.6 liters and is good for 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine has at least some racing cred—or will soon, thanks to the Formula Ford alongside this Fiesta on the company’s Frankfurt stand. The ST’s power flows through a six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. Ford claims the ST can motor from 0-to-62 mph in less than seven seconds, with a top speed around 137 mph. That acceleration figure is probably a bit conservative. Our long-term NissanJuke is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter making similar power to the Fiesta ST’s motor, and outweighs the last five-door Fiestawe tested by almost 400 pounds. In our testing, the Juke made it to 60 mph in seven seconds flat, so figure on the Fiesta ST needing a few tenths less.
Ford didn’t specify what changes it made to the Fiesta’s suspension for ST duty, but we imagine the car’s suspenders underwent an overhaul similar to those on the Focus ST. That car rides 0.4-inch lower on stiffer springs, a basic setup we expect the Fiesta ST will mimic. The normal Fiesta makes do with disc brakes up front and drums in the rear; Ford fitted discs to all four corners on the ST.
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The Fiesta ST doesn’t just follow in the footsteps of the Focus ST when it comes to performance; the two cars share basic styling as well. The Fiesta ST concept’s front fascia—complete with Aston Martin-lookalike grille, LED-laced headlights, and lower intakes stuffed with round fog lights—apes the Focus ST’s. So do the Fiesta’s 17-inch wheels. The smaller car’s interior is ST’d with heavily bolstered Recaro front seats and sportier décor.
The Fiesta ST may be just a concept for now, but don’t be surprised to see it go on sale sometime next year in Europe. One rather large obstacle to it coming to the U.S is its three-door body style, a configuration not currently on sale here in the States. Well, and the fact that the Fiesta plays in an affordable segment with no precedent for something like the ST. Of course, we’d be happy to see the stylish three-door on our shores, all the more so if it was in ST guise. Ford better get a move on.
Text Source: Car & Driver