Los Angeles motor show.
The Fiesta is the second ST model to be launched in the US this year, following the Focus ST, which like its smaller stable-mate is now being sold as a ‘global car’ with the same major specification across all markets.
Unlike in Europe however, the Fiesta ST will be offered in the States in five-door guise only.
It’s powered by Ford’s 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine, with a six-speed manual the only transmission option. Developing 178bhp and 177lb ft, it will cover the 0-62mph sprint in under seven seconds before reaching a top speed of 136mph.
Chassis modifications over the standard Fiesta include increased roll stiffness and a 15mm drop in ride-height. The electro-mechanical steering has also been quickened to improve responsiveness.
Torque Vectoring Control (to help reduce understeer) and a three-mode electronic stability control program will allow drivers to tailor electronic assistance to their requirements.
On the outside, the ST benefits from a subtle body kit, a new chin and roof spoiler and side skirts. Chrome tipped dual-exhaust pipes and 17-inch alloys complete the makeover.
Inside, Recaro sports seats are fitted as standard, and Ford’s ‘MyKey’ technology can be fitted, allowing performance to be limited for different drivers.
Ford is hoping that the Fiesta will appeal to US buyers looking to downsize. Not only will it return 34mpg on the combined cycle, but its power output compares favourably to its main market competitors, the Mini Cooper S and Chevrolet Sonic RS.
The Ford Fiesta ST is due to go on sale in the UK in the first half of 2013.
Thanks to: Autocar