Quick Look: Ford Fiesta ST

Ford and other carmakers have rediscovered the small car including subcompacts like the Fiesta. While the Fiesta is seen as too small by some Americans, for Europe and other markets the car is just right. Luckily for US drivers, Ford decided to bring the small charger to these shores and is even bringing us the hottest version of the Fiesta, the Fiesta ST. The "hot-hatch" ST version was developed with help from Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) and Team RS in Europe. How do you make a hot hatch you ask? Basically, you take the smallest, lightest model possible, shove a big engine under the hood, tweak the suspension, and give it wheels and a body kit to make the car look fast when standing still. The Fiesta ST certainly looks the part. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 197 hp and 214 lb-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission that is expected to return at least 34 mpg. Seventeen-inch wheels with performance rubber fill the wheel wells, a revised grille with chin spoiler, new rear diffuser, sill extensions, and a high-mounted rear spoiler help complete the "look." Sport seats and full instrumentation complete the look on the inside. The sport-tuned suspension makes the going fun and Ford's torque-vectoring differential gets the power to the road and makes the car a blast to drive (instead of a handful). While US on-sale dates and pricing have not been announced, the car is a hit in Europe where the Fiesta ST's sales have exceeded expectations. Expect the ST Fiesta in the coming weeks as a 2014 model. More to come... Check out the two press releases and specifications after the jump.

Source: Ford - Press releases (2), spec chart,  after the jump.

Press Release:
Confirmed: Ford to Launch Fiesta ST in North America, Brings Big Speed and Style to the Small Car Market
  • Fiesta ST – a well-known hot hatch born in Europe and now ready for North America – packs a punch with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine producing nearly 200 horsepower
  • New Fiesta ST is Ford’s latest vehicle to wear the Sport Technologies badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier this year with the launch of the Focus ST
  • Exclusively equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is expected to be a segment leader in both performance and fuel efficiency
Small cars continue to be a hot segment in North America and with the new Fiesta ST, introduced here at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is expected to have the hottest hatch around.

Fiesta ST, a performance model first launched in Europe back in 2005, is yet another proof point from Ford that small cars are anything but boring. In addition to a precision sport-tuned suspension and an improved braking system, Fiesta ST packs a punch under the hood.

A new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine propels Fiesta ST with an estimated 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft., while Chevrolet Sonic RS produces just 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft.

Unlike the competition, Fiesta ST doesn’t simply look like a performance car; it’s got the guts to back it up.

“This is a rewarding car to rev,” says Mark Roberts, Fiesta calibration supervisor. “With 177 lb.-ft. of torque available from just 1,600 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. by 3,500 rpm, Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size. There’s no waiting at all for the power to just push you back in your seat.”

Fiesta ST may be born with racing DNA, but buyers won’t have to pay for that performance at the pump. Available exclusively as a five-door hatchback in North America and with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is projected to achieve up to 34 mpg.

This compact performance machine sports a unique grille and chin spoiler with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Bright tipped dual-exhaust pipes and high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package: Fiesta ST looks like it’s made for the racetrack. The car is first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint.

Fiesta ST steering is more direct and responsive than the base model. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1.

The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the base model.

Increased mechanical grip provided by the suspension improvements is further enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer during hard cornering maneuvers. Three-mode electronic stability control – standard, sport or off – enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions. Overall, Fiesta ST provides enthusiastic drivers with the ideal mix of performance handling and ride comfort.

Fiesta ST will also sound good on the open road. It features the mechanical version of the sound symposer first used on the Focus ST, which went on sale in North America earlier this year, to provide an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. It is unique for Fiesta in that for the first time the engine sound is directly fed into the passenger cabin to accentuate feedback quality and response.

Fiesta ST is the result of the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States.

About Ford Motor Company 
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.



1.6-liter five-door hatchback
Construction Unitized steel body
Final assembly location Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico
Type 1.6-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost®
Manufacturing location Bridgend, UK
Configuration Aluminum block and head
Valvetrain DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke 3.10 x 3.20inches/79.0 x 81.4 mm
Displacement 97.4 cu. in./1,596 cc
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Horsepower 197 @ 6,350 rpm (est. w/premium fuel)
Torque 215 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm (est. w/premium fuel)
Recommended fuel 87 octane
Fuel capacity 12.4 gallons
Fuel injection Gasoline turbocharged direct injected
Oil capacity 4.25 quarts with filter
Emission control Three-way catalyst
Federal emissions
Tier 2 Bin 4/LEV II
Layout Front-wheel drive
Standard Six-speed manual
Gear ratios
First 3.727
Second 2.098
Third 1.357
Fourth 1.030
Fifth 0.821
Sixth 0.690
Reverse 3.730
Final drive 3.82 to 1
Front Independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
Rear Twist beam with coil springs
Type rack-and-pinion with EPAS
Ratio 13.6:1
Turning circle curb-to-curb 35.5 ft.
Type Power-assisted disc brakes with four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) and three-mode AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control
Front 10.9-inch vented disc
Rear 9.96-inch solid disc
ST Hatchback 17-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires
(inches unless otherwise noted)
Wheelbase 98.0
Length 160.1
Width 67.8
Height 57.2
Track, front/rear 57.7/57.0
Seating capacity Five
Front headroom 39.1
Front legroom 42.2
Front shoulder room 52.7
Front hip room 50.6
Rear headroom 37.2
Rear legroom 31.2
Rear shoulder room 49.0
Rear hip room 49.2
Total passenger volume (cu. ft.) 85.1
Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 10.1 – full-size spare tire included
Maximum towing capacity (properly equipped) Not recommended
Manual transmission 2,720
FUEL ECONOMY City/highway
1.6-liter, six-speed
manual Not yet EPA rated
Specifications subject to change

Press Release:
Hot Hatch, Hot Sales: New Ford Fiesta ST Sets Seriously Rapid Pace in First Few Months on Sale

  • Ford receives 3,000 orders for the new Fiesta ST from across Europe since reaching dealerships in March; U.K., Germany and Switzerland lead the way
  • Fastest production Fiesta can is capable of 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and 220 km/h top speed with 20 per cent better fuel economy than previous Fiesta ST
  • High-specification interior and exterior styling and technology options are a hit with new Fiesta ST customers; Spirit Blue is most popular colour
 The Ford Fiesta ST – Ford’s fastest ever production small car – is off to a fast start with hot-hatch connoisseurs placing 3,000 orders since March.

Customers in the U.K. have bought more than half of all models sold to date, with Germany placing the next largest number of orders, followed by Switzerland.

The new 182 PS Fiesta ST can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h – supported by an advanced chassis developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford Motor Company’s Global Performance Vehicle group.

It also offers both a 20 per cent increase in power against the previous, first-generation, model and a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions to 138 g/km*.

“The word of mouth on Fiesta ST has been phenomenal and it’s clear we have something special on our hands,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “We are really proud of our product development team for delivering a car that the top auto critics across Europe say not only is astonishingly good but also very affordable.”

The Ford vehicle dynamics department that developed the new Fiesta ST last month was named the Dynamics Team of the Year at the 2013 Vehicle Dynamics International Awards, and Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put won the title of Dynamicist of the Year.

Powered by Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, the new Fiesta ST offers performance-tuned steering, suspension, brakes and enhanced Torque Vectoring Control; as well as Ford MyKey and SYNC with Emergency Assistance. (A video of David Put driving the Fiesta ST at Ford’s Lommel test track can be viewed here)

The dynamically styled new Fiesta ST exterior with a large trapezoidal honeycomb grille, dramatic rear diffuser element and a full ST body kit is proving most popular in new colour Spirit Blue, requested in 27 per cent of orders, followed by Frozen White and Race Red.

More than 60 per cent of customers have opted for a Smoke Storm Torino leather interior in Charcoal Black, to complement the carbon fibre dashboard inserts, alloy-metal pedals and gearshifter, ST steering wheel and Recaro seats. 90 per cent of customers have specified Rado Grey 17-inch alloy wheels with red brake callipers; and a further 19 per cent have selected the Sony DAB radio and navigation option with 5-inch colour screen.

“Our showroom cars are getting a huge amount of attention, with people wanting to sit in and experience the Fiesta ST and talk about its performance,” said John Leeman, operations director, Ford Retail, the UK's largest Ford Dealer Group. “We are receiving a large number of inquiries every day.”

The success of the new Fiesta ST follows on the heels of the Focus ST, which went on sale in summer 2012. Equipped with a 250 PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the Focus ST was the best-selling hot hatch in Europe during the first three months of 2013, with 2,100 sales.

* The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 as last amended. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.