2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Ford Fiesta ST shows up

Article by Christian A., on March 5, 2012

The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST made its debut today at the Geneva Motor Show and honestly to tell you, the car looks just like the concept version unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. Under the hood, the 2013 Fiesta ST features Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine delivering 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the car sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under seven seconds and has a top speed of more than 136 mph or 218 km/h. Still, thanks to the EcoBoos technology, the car delivers 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous Fiesta ST.

According to the manufacturer, the new Fiesta ST was developed by Ford’s Team RS and promises to deliver significant ride-and-handling improvements through the introduction of a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta. In addition, the car features enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system and three Electronic Stability Control modes, tested on Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The interior features unprecedented levels of equipment and specification, such as Recaro sports seats offered as standard in a Fiesta ST for the first time. Moreover, the 2013 Fiesta ST will be equipped with MyKey, which allows owners to limit performance and ensure activation of safety features for when less-experienced drivers use the vehicle.

SYNC will also be present, as it will be introduced this year on the 2013 Ford B-Max. And the good news continue, as Ford promises to introduce the new Fiesta ST in North America for the first time following a highly positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept that made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tyrone Johnson, Ford Team RS engineering manager, remarked that the new Ford Fiesta ST is a car that can put a smile on a driver’s face as he or she tackles every corner, thanks to its power delivery precision and excellent handling.

This is partly thanks to the fact that the EcoBoost engine fitted in the Fiesta ST is a lightweight powerplant that makes use of Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing, turbocharging and high-pressure direct fuel-injection. To further refine the calibration between the engine and the new six-speed manual transmission, Ford took the Fiesta to the Nürburgring Nordschleife that features around 21 kilometers of twisting road, ascents and descents as well as challenging corners.

Definitely, the Ford Fiesta ST is a true ST, as beautifully revealed by its full ST body kit and headlamps with LED day-time running lights. This Fiesta ST could be finished in more colors like Molten Orange, Race Red and Spirit Blue.

Inside, the Ford Fiesta ST is provided with an ST steering wheel and carbon fiber dashboard inserts, as well as alloy-metal pedals and gear-shifter. Additionally, the Ford Fiesta ST comes with MyKey technology that enables its owners to limit the max speed and max audio volume while ensuring that safety features are not disabled. Moreover, the car is installed with Ford SYNC that comes with an Emergency Assistance system.

To ensure that the new Fiesta ST is as durable as ever, Ford had the car undergo a 850,000-kilometer test of durability, plus 7,500 km of race track testing and 5,000 km of high speed testing. Ford had the Fiesta ST undergo a "torture test" at the Nardo Technical Centre proving grounds, Italy, where the car had to endure temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius.

Press Release

Ford Fiesta ST

The new Ford Fiesta ST is Ford's fastest and most dynamic small production performance car ever, employing a precision-tuned and driver-focused powertrain and chassis to deliver the ultimate Fiesta driving experience.

Developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford Motor Company's Global Performance Vehicle group, the new Fiesta ST is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Top speed is 220 km/h.

Ford Team RS tuned the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes for optimised driving dynamics; and introduced features only previously found in larger performance cars - including enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six-speed manual transmission and rear disc brakes.

Everyday practicality is underlined by fuel efficiency of 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2 - a 20 per cent emissions reduction compared with the previous generation Ford Fiesta ST, though it produces almost 20 per cent more power than the first-generation model's 2.0-litre engine.

The new Fiesta ST features a large trapezoidal grille with a unique honeycomb construction and dramatic rear diffuser element. The refined high-contrast interior is equipped with Recaro seats, and a new Sound Symposer channels the engine note to the cabin to ensure the distinctive engine roar is integral to the driving experience. Ford has also introduced SYNC and MyKey.

"The new Fiesta ST delivers remarkable levels of performance, design and quality to offer an unsurpassed driving experience," said Juergen Gagstatter, chief programme engineer, Fiesta ST. "Ford's European customers are connoisseurs of the hot hatchback and the new Fiesta ST speaks directly to that passion for performance driving."

Electronically-optimised enhanced chassis

eTVC applies brake force to the inside front wheel of the Ford Fiesta ST when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. New software controls the Fiesta ST's balance in response to steering inputs under acceleration and braking - and ESC offers full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full ESC de-activation.

Both systems support a specially modified front steering knuckle, adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness, unique front and rear spring and damper settings, and a 15 mm lower centre of gravity; for optimised handling and ride quality.

Electronic Power Assisted Steering offers a sharper steering ratio of 13.69:1 and a shorter steering arm for a more direct response. The Ford Fiesta ST debuts rear disc brakes on the Fiesta platform and introduces a larger tandem brake master cylinder that boosts braking performance.

"This car can put a smile on your face corner-after-corner and delivers absolute precision in power delivery and handling," said Tyrone Johnson, Ford Team RS engineering manager.

EcoBoost engine technology

The EcoBoost engine's low weight contributes towards improved handling; and brings technologies including turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing.

The unique engine and a new six-speed manual transmission calibration was refined at the Nürburgring Nordschleife over the equivalent of more than 100 laps of the 21 km circuit.

ST character inside and out

The Ford Fiesta ST's headlight design incorporates LED day-time running lamp technology and a full ST body kit; new paint options include Race Red, Molten Orange and Spirit Blue. The cabin also features carbon fibre dashboard inserts, alloy-metal pedals and gearshifter, and an ST steering wheel.

MyKey allows owners to set maximum speed and audio volume limits, and ensure safety features are not disabled, when allowing use of their car. Voice-activated in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance directly connects vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident.

Developed for the track, but practical and economical

Ford subjected the new Fiesta to 850,000 kilometres of durability testing. To ensure the new Ford Fiesta ST offers high levels of reliability even in the face of the most demanding customer usage Ford subjected the hot hatchback to a further 7,500 km of race track testing and 5,000 km of high speed testing.

This included a "torture test" at the Nardo Technical Centre proving grounds, Italy, during which the Fiesta ST was driven flat-out in temperatures in excess of 40 C.

"Many hot hatch fans will want to give the Fiesta ST the chance to shine on the track and we have made sure the Fiesta ST's engine, transmission, chassis and body can handle the extreme use that its performance invites," said Johnson.

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