I always thought the new Ford Fiesta was a bit underpowered. It is a great platform with mighty good grip, but the squirrels running under the hood need a shot of caffeine. Ford knows this.
Floating through various magazines, photos and sketches of a partially disguised, rather zippy Fiesta carving up tracks abound. Ford has many details about the Ford Fiesta ST “concept,” all of which are yet to be production confirmed (unlike the Focus ST – which is a “go”).
A speedy Fiesta is fairly likely, especially if the public likes what it sees with the Ford Fiesta ST Concept. The Fast Lane Car has learned that the Fiesta will make at least 170 horsepower and 170 lbs-feet of torque through an EcoBoost (turbocharged) 1.6 liter, direct injection engine – most likely connected to a 6-speed manual or even the new 6-speed automated dual clutch transmission.
Expect overall performance to be slightly under the Focus ST, but given the light weight of the Fiesta, handling should be scintillating. Stiffer springs, lower height and beefy wheels are definitely on order as are the prerequisite spoilers and panels.
Performance should be sprightly, but not mind-melting. Me thinks 0 to 60 mph will happen in under 7 seconds and mpg could be 25-ish city and 35-ish highway. Sorry, I wish I had more info, but when I asked a Ford guy for more info, he just smiled and tilted his head in amusement.
No, Ford will not give us a street version of the Gykmhana bad-ass, rally car Ken Block parties with… which sucks too. But, it is a pretty good bet that the Ford Fiesta ST Concept will be in showrooms in the next few years – so, at least you can make your Fiesta ST look like Ken Block’s ride.
If this happens, expect the Ford Fiesta ST’s price to hover between $18,000 and $22,000.