Ford Fiesta ST to Pack 182 HP

Ford is reportedly working on a hotter version of the popular Fiesta that could be launched in the second half of this year and would wear the ST designation. Up until now, the US-based car manufacturer remained tightlipped when it came to its higher performance vehicles, but L'Automobile Magazine writes that a more punchy Fiesta is ready to hit the market as soon as the end of 2011.

As expected from an ST flavor of a Ford, the new Fiesta will come with numerous enhancements both outside and inside, so expect to see a more aggressive front fascia, with new bumper and special elements to boost the sporty stance. Dual-exhaust pipes, a diffuser and some other exterior tweaks might also make their way on the upcoming model.

As for the engine, the Fiesta ST will employ a 1.6-liter Turbo engine that would deliver approximately 180 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque, which means the car will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds. It's still unclear whether Ford intends to offer the model exclusively in Europe or bring it in the United States as well, but the company is now considering a Powershift dual-clutch transmission.

Some say the Fiesta ST doesn't stand a chance against the existing and the upcoming models in this particular sector, but Ford really hopes that its new model would manage to beat rivals such as Volkswagen Polo GTI, SEAT Ibiza Cupra and Skoda Fabia RS.
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