Ford introduces production-ready Fiesta ST

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Ford first introduced its striking Fiesta ST Concept at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, then again at the Los Angeles Auto Show which followed. Now, at this month's Geneva Motor Show, the production-ready version of Ford's diminutive hot hatchback has been revealed.

The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST looks largely the same as its Concept counterpart and delivers the same performance figures as well. That means the ST generates 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from its 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is dispatched in under seven seconds and the little Fiesta will surge on to a top speed of more than 220 km/h. In spite of its sprightly performance, Ford claims the 2013 Fiesta ST's EcoBoost technology will achieve a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions when compared with the previous Fiesta ST.

"We believe Ford customers will be blown away by the new Fiesta ST, and not only by the exhilarating performance but by the styling and specification, too. This dynamic new hot-hatch is undoubtedly our best Fiesta ST to date," said Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles.

In comparison to a normal Fiesta, the new ST has a ride height reduced by 15 mm and is fitted with attractive, five-spoke wheels. Inside, the main distinction is a pair of attractive, figure-hugging Recaro sport seats. The 2013 Fiesta ST also comes equipped with Ford's enhanced torque vectoring control system and three-mode electronic stability control. These modern technologies were tested over more than 5,000 kilometres of driving along Germany's famed Nürburgring Nordschleife race track.

Although the production-ready 2013 Fiesta ST has so far been confirmed for sale only in the European market, Ford may very well bring the new hot hatchback to North America at some point in the future. After all, the Fiesta ST concept garnered a lot of attention last year during its debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, and other hot hatchbacks such as the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Mini Cooper S have become popular amongst Canadian consumers. An entry from Ford in the form of the 2013 Fiesta ST would be a welcome addition to the hot hatchback segment.

"We're delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we'll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future," said Capito. "With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use."
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Topics: Hatchback, Ford, 2013, Fiesta ST, Subcompact,

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