2018 Ford Fiesta ST Rendering: Sporty Yet Oddly Familiar

2018 Ford Fiesta ST 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
The 2017 Fiesta rendering saga continues with the image we all want to see: a possible preview of the hot Fiesta ST. It will arrive late next year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But the question is: will she be a party animal or a bookworm?
Ford has had two chances to make the Fiesta RS and failed to do so, meaning the ST badge is as high as it's ever going to go. While I have no problem with that, I can also admit that it's not my favorite hot hatch. Sure, it's the best in the segment, but the MINI Cooper S has an extra dose of refinement and everyday eventfulness.

The differentiations is unlikely to change, but Ford is going to give its fans more stuff to play with. The lack of driving modes is one reason why the Fiesta ST is fun - Eco mode is your right foot, so is sports mode. But the next ST will have that and more. With how much money has been invested in the interior, we wouldn't be surprised if the engine sound comes through the speakers.

Nobody knows what's under the hood, but according to my hypothesis, it's the 1.5 EcoBoost, not the 1.6. Remember the 150 PS 2-liter from the old Fiesta ST? That one had 140 PS when it came out of the Focus. As for the 1.6 EcoBoost, it originated from the Focus too, where it makes 182 PS.

And since the 2014 mid-life facelift, the Focus has been using a 1.5-liter engine to make the same 182 PS. Considering Ford dumped huge amounts of money into making that engine, I don't see why they would continue to develop an old mill.

Why deviate from the subject of the Fiesta ST rendering? Because X-Tomi Design probably spent a couple of hours working on it and now I'm going to tell all of you that it's not perfect. Obviously, the front end design is great, but that's partly because the 2017 Fiesta already has an ST line. The real problem is with the stance, which looks like it only works on your computer screen.

The only way you're going to drive this is at 5km/h, carefully avoiding the bumps. And are those Audi wheels, from the R8 perhaps?
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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