Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a concept version of the Fiesta ST performance subcompact with a six-speed manual transmission at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But if it enters production, it will come with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost engine that may deliver 175 to 180 hp. Ford has yet to decide if it will go into production and if it will be available in North America. According to executives, if this car gets produced, it’s unlikely that it will be sold in North America before 2013.
It is said that the ST is to the current Fiesta lineup what the upcoming Focus ST is to the regular variants like the Ford SEL. Its brakes have been upgraded to go with the added power. Its suspension has been tweaked to be sportier. Its rims are bigger and come with more aggressive tires and its electronics have been improved to help in the management of torque steer and understeer.
The ST may be introduced as a concept but it’s obvious from Ford's presentation and the car’s quality that it will enter production. Ford claims that the Fiesta has attained a high level of profitability throughout the globe. This means that Ford could afford several small volume off-shoots.
It makes sense that it will work at sustaining interest in the broader line with the release of new variants. Besides the Fiesta ST, Ford also brought the Fiesta Sports Edition, a sporty version of its popular hatchback which promises to offer a new front lip spoiler, new side sills, a rear air diffuser as well as an integrated exhaust system. Moreover, the design is completed by a new set of alloy wheels with a black finish.