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Production-Ready 180HP Ford Fiesta ST Concept Unveiled in Frankfurt [Updated Gallery]

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There are concepts you know beforehand, no matter how marvelous they look, that are never going to roll their wheels on the road, but there others that are essentially production ready with minimal disguise previewed just months before the actual launch. The Fiesta ST Concept displayed at Ford’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show definitely belongs to the second category.

Ford states that “the possibility of a Fiesta ST joining the Focus ST would bring Ford performance to drivers in to major segments.” Come on, stop pretending: the Fiesta ST is ready to enter production tomorrow morning, if needed. We've even spied it testing at the Nordschleife.

The hottest Fiesta has been visually enhanced by the addition of the large honeycomb trapezoidal grille with the red ST badge, the sportier front bumper and the rear-end diffuser that incorporates the twin exhausts. The body kit along with the 17-inch wheels allude to the Fiesta WRC rally car, as per Ford’s intention to exploit its racing activities.

A 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine with direct injection and twin variable valve timing powers the Fiesta ST. It has an output of 180 HP and 240Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque. According to Ford, the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes less than 7.0 seconds and top speed exceeds 220 km/h (135 mph).

Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a manual six-speed gearbox which along with the engine’s inherent characteristics, enables the Fiesta ST to deliver less than 140 g/km of CO2 emissions.

“The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance cars so a new ST model is a logical next step” said Ford’s vice president for global product development, Derrick Kuzack. In addition, the press release mentions hot Fiestas of the past like the XR2, RS1800 and RS Turbo, as well as the previous generation ST.

There you have it: when a company starts talking about CO2 emissions and past glories, you know the production version isn’t far away. Our take is that we’ll see the production version in six months’ time at the Geneva Motor Show.


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7 Comments:

Bingo said... »September 13, 2011

Ford is doing some pretty awesome things lately, and here's another example.  The car looks awesome.

Rochesters said... »September 13, 2011

Too bad we'll never see this in North America....did anyone notice that it's a 3 door hatch?....according to NA marketing types, we 'don't want' 3 door models....yeah, right !

Tom said... »September 13, 2011

LOL Nemo's back, and this time.....he's pissed!

Thinkingoutloud said... »September 13, 2011

wow. this is a fiesta?

guest anyway said... »September 14, 2011

agree with me when I say no other B segment hatch could ever seems and performs this hot. well done

Kid Voltron said... »September 15, 2011

some better ones ...  Mini JWC, Citroen DS3 Racing, Clio RS?

Dave See said... »September 17, 2011

@Rochesters:  You are RIGHT on the money!   This car is hot, and the 5 -door Fiesta is downright UGLY compared to this beauty.   Americans DO want 3-door hatches.....there are still tons of older Fiesta and Fiesta SVT 3-doors running around Chicago.  MINI?  Three door hatch! (I own one....).  Another brilliant car is the new (for Europe only) Opel GTC 3-door hatch.   Even better than this!   ( http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/30/paris-2010-opel-gtc-paris-concept/ )   

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