Ford introduces Fiesta ST Concept at Frankfurt motor show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Ford's Fiesta is a popular compact hatchback that was introduced to the Canadian market in 2010. Lauded for its attractive styling and its fun-to-drive appeal, the Fiesta proved to be a real threat toward other competitor vehicles such as the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris.

At the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, Ford showed off a different, more performance-oriented side of its popular little runabout, the Fiesta ST Concept. Though it is solely a concept car, Ford believes such a vehicle could one day make it to production for worldwide markets.

"The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development. "The Fiesta ST Concept continues that tradition by showing how a global performance version of our best-selling B-car can be both technically advanced and dramatically styled."

Power for the Ford Fiesta ST Concept comes from a turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine with Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT). The engine generates 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Those power figures are good for a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of less than 7 seconds and Ford says a top speed of over 220 km/h is a possibility. A 6-speed manual transmission is paired to the EcoBoost engine and CO2 emissions are said to be under 140g/kg.

In addition to the Fiesta ST Concept's sporty powertrain, there are also some very sporty styling updates. The car is clad in a full ST body kit and is painted in aptly named Molten Orange, which was also used for the Ford SVT F-150 Raptor pickup truck. Up front, a trapezoidal grille draws resemblance to that of the larger Ford Focus ST, and at the rear a diffuser and twin exhausts help to execute the sporty design. Then, of course, there are those 17-inch alloy wheels with drilled brake rotors and painted brake calipers that'll also draw some stares.

"The Fiesta ST Concept shows in the most dramatic way possible that the qualities that define an ST are not limited to one model. The potential for delivering the ST experience to an even wider audience are laid bare by this striking new concept," remarks Jost Capito, Ford's Director of Global Performance Vehicles.

So, while the Ford Fiesta ST Concept isn't officially scheduled for production, it remains a compelling prospect that shows off the potential future of the Fiesta. A message to Ford: Build it, and they will come.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Ford, 2011, Fiesta ST Concept,

Geographic location: Frankfurt

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