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.