The Ford Fiesta ST made an appearance at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but at that time no one would if it would be in production for United States drivers or not. Geneva did start production for a Euro-spec three door around that time and the thoughts were maybe United States didn’t have the market. The rumors are currently flying around though that there may very well be an ST version of the Fiesta headed our way soon.
The European Ford Fiesta ST has a 1.6 liter four cylinder EcoBoost engine. This sounds small, but is actually pretty peppy with 177 horsepower and the same pound feet of torque. It is expected that the American version would get about the same or equivalent as far as what will go underneath the hood. This model comes with a front wheel drive that operates with a six speed manual transmission. At this point, there is no news about adding an automatic transmission. It is noted that this small ST runs from 0 to 60 in under seven seconds and will run at the top speed of 136 miles per hour. While this doesn’t sound like the hottest ride on the road in terms of speed, it will give someone a zippy enough drive for a small vehicle. Part of the zippy driving is due to a lower riding height and Torque Vectoring Control, along with the three mode stability control. This all assists in putting the power to the ground and making from more confident cornering.
The American Ford Fiesta ST would come in a five door option, but we expect that the gaping mesh grille, lower front and rear fascias, new side skirts, large rear spoiler and twin exhaust tips would be the same across the board for all versions. Hopefully it will just be a matter of time before we have the confirmation on whether Ford will be making this version or not.
Source Motor Trend