For all of you screaming for a performance version of the new Ford Fiesta, this one is for you! At the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford revealed a high-performance Fiesta ST Concept that combines eye-catching, muscular and sporty styling with a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain. We thought that might sound good to you.
“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.
Ford is accelerating its new global performance strategy with the debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show of both the production version of the all-new Ford Focus ST and the Fiesta ST Concept. Ford ST (Sport Technologies) models will share the same DNA around the world, offering outstanding performance, harmonious balance and high levels of refinement that make them ideal for everyday driving – whether on the commute or a twisty road.
With the Fiesta RS World Rally Car and Fiesta Rallycross cars currently demonstrating the potential of the Ford global small car in the toughest of international motorsport events, there could be no better time for Ford to offer customers a glimpse of what is also technically possible with the road-going Fiesta.
Like the Ford World Rally Championship contender, the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost petrol engine to deliver performance. The use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine reflects not only the current WRC engine guidelines, but also the trend within international motorsport to deliver greater fuel economy through technical advancement. Target performance levels for the Fiesta ST Concept are 177 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in less than seven seconds. A top speed exceeding 136 mph is targeted.
The Fiesta ST has bold and assertive styling, making an immediate impression and driving home the high performance message with a number of striking features and design themes. The large, distinctive trapezoidal grille echoes a key feature of its larger sibling, the new Focus ST, and incorporates a honeycomb mesh design.
At the rear a dramatic diffuser design leaves no doubt as to the sporting credentials of the Fiesta ST Concept. The diffuser also envelops a twin exit exhaust.
A lowered stance, widened wheel arches filled with 17-inch aluminum wheels and full ST body kit mirror the styling of the Ford Fiesta WRC competition car – an alluring form that also delivers racing functionality.
This theme is continued inside the high-contrast sports interior which includes Recaro sports seats for the driver and front passenger.
Tuned suspension geometry ensures dynamic and competent handling that can flatter less-experienced drivers while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST’s sports performance.
“With the Focus ST we promised to deliver uncompromised sports performance and styling to a truly global audience for the first time, without sacrificing Ford’s key values of Smart, Safe, Quality and Green. With the Fiesta ST Concept we are demonstrating that our Global Performance Plan has legs,” said Jost Capito, Ford Director of Global Performance Vehicles.