Ford unveils five-door version of the Fiesta ST Concept ahead of 2011 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 3, 2011

As you may know already, back in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford unveiled the Fiesta ST Coupe Concept, a preview of its upcoming sporty hatchback. Now, the American manufacturer announced that it will bring a five-door version of the same concept at the 2011 LA Auto Show, which will take place at the end of this month.

As expected difference between the two concepts is the addition of the doors, because the three-door version of the Fiesta is not available in the United States.

Under the hood, the concept features the same four-cylinder1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged engine delivering 180 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque.

Ford's ST models are the most accessible performance vehicles from the American carmaker. They combine a balanced and exciting performance with a degree of refinement, making the car exhilarating to drive yet ideal for daily use, too.

ST models are the focal point of the company's broader performance strategy, setting the DNA or the basis for its global performance vehicles and opening up the possibility of producing more high-tier performance models.

The Ford Performance Vehicles group, which embraces North America's Special Vehicle Team and Europe's Ford Team RS, tapped into its expertise and insight to determine and create the correct DNA characteristics for all of the company's future global performance models. This DNA, much like human DNA, identifies the significant features that are needed in coming up with an unmistakable Ford performance vehicle, including how it looks, how it sounds, and how it feels like to drive.

And while Ford's strategy involves envisioning the possibilities of coming up with higher-performance models in the future, ST vehicles play a central role in this. Every Ford that carries the ST label will be a performance car that stresses the fun-to-drive qualities that car owners want.

Additionally, each aspect of a Ford ST performance model is well-balanced so that the driver experiences a kind of harmony while behind the wheel. The car also offers a degree of refinement, allowing the driver to enjoy the car to the fullest, whether he or she is driving along a bumpy road or just cruising on the highway on the way to work.

Ford ST models will be sharing key physical similarities when it comes to colors, exterior and interior styling, and driver-oriented attributes.

The DNA profile of ST models dictates a noticeable power increase over the engine lineup of existing models. This DNA also defines the ST models' performance levels, including engine output and handling characteristics.

Standards for other ST performance features like lateral acceleration and braking feature similar Ford Performance Vehicles group genetic engineering.

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