The timing of the leakage of the details about the Ford Fiesta ST implies that it is set to make its U.S. debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. We learned that powering the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine that delivers 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Just like the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST will be equipped with Ford’s ‘Sound Symposer’ system that amplifies the engine’s sound.
The front-wheel drive hatch will feature a six-speed manual transmission. It also uses torque-vectoring technology and a three-mode stability control system. It rides on a set of 17-inch wheels from the plant, covered with Bridgestone Potenza tires. It handles a lot like a real sports car due to its tuned and lowered sport suspension.
Fiesta ST appears sportier and more aggressive due to a body kit that takes inspiration from Ford’s World Rally Championship race car.
Other exterior changes include a rear spoiler, a pair of chrome exhaust tips, and blacked-out headlight surrounds. The Fiesta ST will be available in seven colors. The pricing information is expected to be announced very soon.
The latest Ford Fiesta ST offers exceptional performance levels, superior quality and modern design for an unmatched driving experience. Fiesta ST’s chief program engineer Juergen Gagstatter stated that the European clients of Ford are connoisseurs who are passionate for the modern hatchback and the redesigned Fiesta ST directly addresses that desire for performance driving.
The eTVC of the Ford Fiesta ST provides brake force to the internal portion of the front wheels when running through a corner to optimize road holding and decrease understeer without necessarily affecting the vehicle’s speed. Its latest software technology manages the balance of the Fiesta ST to respond to steering inputs when braking and accelerating. The ESC can be operated in three modes either for full system intervention, limited intervention, or full deactivation.
The car’s system provide support for the front steering knuckle, rear and front damper and spring settings, rear twist-beam, and a lowered center of gravity by 15 mm for superior ride quality and handling.
Electronic Power Assisted Steering technology provides a more precise steering ratio of 13.69:1 and a shortened steering arm to improve its responsiveness. The Ford Fiesta ST utilizes rear disk brakes for the first time in its platform and debuts a bigger master cylinder in its tandem brake to optimize braking efficiency.