2011 Ford Fiesta ST Concept Unveiled in Frankfurt [Photo Gallery]
The big news is under the bonnet, where the 2.0-liter engine in the old ST was swapped for a 1.6-liter EcoBoost with 180 horsepower - just the thing to take on the VW Polo and SEAT Ibiza’s 1.4-liter. We’d still say that we want more power, but the unit is easily tunable.
Torque stands at 240 Nm, which is 9 Nm down on the Polo. Emissions? “Lower than 140 grams per kilometer”, which is about the Polo. The standard sprint is expected to take less than 7 seconds, which isn’t all that surprising.
“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."
Basically, we think there’s no groundbreaking about the Fiesta ST, but we still love it. It’s much more aggressive looking than the German rival, and history tells us it will also be cheaper. The only problem is the 200 horsepower Renault Clio RS. Given the old ST was somewhere near €15,000, could we see it undercutting the Clio there?
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