Ford Fiesta ST gets the green light

31 Mar, 2010 11:56am Jack Rix

New 180bhp-plus stormer is go!

You’ve seen the wildest Focus ever – now meet its crazy little brother! Ford is preparing to unleash a Fiesta ST – and with power from an all-new turbocharged engine, delivering at least 180bhp, it should finally unlock the supermini’s potential for fine roadholding.

Ever since we first drove the Fiesta, and experienced its beautiful balance and appetite for corners, we’ve been waiting for a more powerful version to enter production. And now Ford is ready to deliver!

The ST is a result of the ‘One Ford’ philosophy, which commits the firm to building a handful of global models – including the Fiesta and new Focus. A hot ST variant of the latter has already been confirmed. The economies of scale that this produces mean the manufacturer can now justify building faster machinery.

Despite a Ford spokesman dismissing our claims that new spy shots – which you can see at www.autoexpress.co.uk – were of an ST, we know different. He said the car was one of four modified US-spec Fiestas prepared for this year’s LA Motor Show. But there are a handful
of fundamental differences which disprove his theory.

Spotted close to Ford’s global headquarters in Dearborn, near Detroit, the prototype seen on our website is a European-spec car. It features a green sticker in the bottom corner of the windscreen indicating that the model was built in Ford’s factory in Cologne, Germany instead of in Mexico.

The mule boasts some telling addenda too, such as an intercooler clearly visible in the lower front grille, confirming that there’s a turbocharged engine under the bonnet. That almost certainly points towards the 180bhp direct-injection 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit first introduced on the C-MAX people carrier.

While no performance figures are available yet, the ST is likely to deliver the 0-62mph sprint in less than seven seconds and a top speed of more than 140mph. This will allow the Fiesta to take the fight to VW Group rivals such as the Skoda Fabia vRS and Volkswagen Polo GTI. To compete with these cars and their hi-tech DSG gearboxes, expect Ford to fit the fast Fiesta with a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch transmission, controlled via wheel-mounted paddles. Twin exhaust pipes, a rear diffuser and a bodykit will improve the Fiesta’s sporty ‘kinetic design’ even further and boost the car’s high-speed aerodynamics. An extended roof spoiler will also help to mark out the ST.

The Fiesta will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and go on sale in summer – three years after the basic model first arrived in showrooms.

The legend ST has to live up to!

When it burst on to the scene in 1981, the Fiesta XR2i offered an irresistible mix of pace, handling and affordability, making it a hit with young drivers.

The poster car of the Eighties boy racer had a 1.6-litre engine which meant it took only 9.3 seconds to sprint to 60mph from rest, and could hit 105mph flat-out.

Subsequent versions served only to reinforce the Fiesta’s high performance-per-pound ratio, with many keen drivers having their early motoring career shaped by a fast Ford. Here’s to the next generation!

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The hot Fiesta Mk1 didn't have fuel injection (and nor did the Mk2) so your "The Legend ST Has To Live Up To!" piece isn't quite right.

I popped into my local garage today and picked up a copy of auto express. On picking it up I noticed the fiesta ST gets a green light on the front page, a warm a fuzzy feeling came over me and before I new it I was overwhelmed with joy of finally a new fiesta ST. But this was soon followed by the fact that these images are photo shopped and are not the real thing. A easy way to tell was the five stud wheel arrangement, the tinted photo shop lights, and the biggest thing of all was the reflection from the other fiesta ST in gold posted before the fiesta mk7 was even released. Nice try boys.

I popped into my local garage today and picked up a copy of auto express. On picking it up I noticed the fiesta ST gets a green light on the front page, a warm a fuzzy feeling came over me and before I new it I was overwhelmed with joy of finally a new fiesta ST. But this was soon followed by the fact that these images are photo shopped and are not the real thing. A easy way to tell was the five stud wheel arrangement, the tinted photo shop lights, and the biggest thing of all was the reflection from the other fiesta ST in gold posted before the fiesta mk7 was even released. Nice try boys.

Don't understand this craze of fitting a rear spoiler to a front wheel drive car. Spoilers are supposed to help keep the driving wheels on the ground at high speeds. This is not a rear wheel drive car. Totally useless!

Im sorry but Vw groups havent got a car that could match up to this yet even if it was a real car. The current polo gti is not powerful enough and the fabia vrs would be like a zetecs rival not this car. The only real rival for this car would be a Corsa VXR, Renault Clio 197, Ibiza Cupra & Bmw Mini Cooper s

bigbazza: "Don't understand this craze of fitting a rear spoiler to a front wheel drive car. Spoilers are supposed to help keep the driving wheels on the ground at high speeds. This is not a rear wheel drive car. Totally useless!"

spoilers can have more than one role, which means they aren't designed soley for downforce as some ppl mistakenly think. there are other aerodynamic considerations that affect vehicle stablity. think about it like fins on a rocket or arrow. having a wing or spoiler back there can help stabilize the car at high speeds, regardless of which wheels are driving it. without some aero aid, the car will become squirrely and unstable at speed. again, we're talking about aerodynamics, not rear tire traction. look up scca's peter cunningham's fwd race winning acura. giant wings are not merely ricey tack on's. they serve a purpose, more than just make boy racers giddy and nascar fans steaming mad.

http://www.world-challenge.com...

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and while we're on the subject of debunking silly fwd misconceptions, look up wheelie bars on fwd drag cars. yes, virginia, fwd's also benefit from wheelie bars! :)

bigbazza: "Don't understand this craze of fitting a rear spoiler to a front wheel drive car. Spoilers are supposed to help keep the driving wheels on the ground at high speeds. This is not a rear wheel drive car. Totally useless!"

spoilers can have more than one role, which means they aren't designed soley for downforce as some ppl mistakenly think. there are other aerodynamic considerations that affect vehicle stablity. think about it like fins on a rocket or arrow. having a wing or spoiler back there can help stabilize the car at high speeds, regardless of which wheels are driving it. without some aero aid, the car will become squirrely and unstable at speed. again, we're talking about aerodynamics, not rear tire traction. look up scca's peter cunningham's fwd race winning acura. giant wings are not merely ricey tack on's. they serve a purpose, more than just make boy racers giddy and nascar fans steaming mad.

http://www.world-challenge.com...

http://images.google.com/imgre...

http://images.google.com/imgre...

and while we're on the subject of debunking silly fwd misconceptions, look up wheelie bars on fwd drag cars. yes, virginia, fwd's also benefit from wheelie bars! :)

bigbazza: "Don't understand this craze of fitting a rear spoiler to a front wheel drive car. Spoilers are supposed to help keep the driving wheels on the ground at high speeds. This is not a rear wheel drive car. Totally useless!"

spoilers can have more than one role, which means they aren't designed soley for downforce as some ppl mistakenly think. there are other aerodynamic considerations that affect vehicle stablity. think about it like fins on a rocket or arrow. having a wing or spoiler back there can help stabilize the car at high speeds, regardless of which wheels are driving it. without some aero aid, the car will become squirrely and unstable at speed. again, we're talking about aerodynamics, not rear tire traction. look up scca's peter cunningham's fwd race winning acura. giant wings are not merely ricey tack on's. they serve a purpose, more than just make boy racers giddy and nascar fans steaming mad.

http://www.world-challenge.com...

http://images.google.com/imgre...

http://images.google.com/imgre...

and while we're on the subject of debunking silly fwd misconceptions, look up wheelie bars on fwd drag cars. yes, virginia, fwd's also benefit from wheelie bars! :)

oops sorry about that. apparently, refreshing the window resubmits the comment!

admin, please remove the extras :)

This could really give cars such as the Corsa VXR and RenaultSport Clio some serious competition. 180bhp and having the looks to match, this could be a class leader.

Yes, you summed up your theory perfectly. Baloney!

baloney, They do say that the bigger the spoiler fitted to your car the smaller your Penis!

Yes guys photo shop all the way ,rs focus wheels ,spolier ,wing vent ,rear twinn exhaust ,come on guys if you going to give us exclusive pics ,,make them real not what you think it might look like,,,,,,,,,

bigbazza, it's okay to admit you love big giant wings :) if your chums razz you, you can share the same info: they help win races for the top fwd racers in the world :)

zerotolerance, sorry, i'm not in the habit of looking at other boys' penises :P

What i don't understand is. if this new fiesta ST is to look like a baby focus RS, why not bring it out as a Fiesta RS?? we need another RS in the ford family. i just don't understand the ST thing. they brought out a focus ST and then brought out a Focus RS with the same engine but with a bodykit and more power. get rid of this ST lurky and go for RS all the way. also it will help with resale values in the future for anyone wanted to sell it. RS money holds. ST money dosen't, it just drops. you always get that feeling its trying to be something its not. just my opinion.

Just found this site by accident, bigbazza obviously doesn't know his aerfoil from his elbow, it's wings that keep wheels on the ground,wings not spoilers, spoilers are a completely different animal and do a dfferent job.

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