Spyshots: Ford Fiesta ST Testing on the Nurburgring

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Opel has the good-old Corsa OPC and Volkswagen makes that civilized Polo GTI, while Renault provides all the thrills you need in the Clio RS, but what you really need to cure your compact rocket illnesses is a fast-Ford.

The previous generation Fiesta ST was launched way back in 2005, and while it offered a sweet handling package it couldn’t match the pace set by the more powerful Clio and the turbocharged Polo GTI. A new incarnation has been conspicuously missing from the market and fans had to make to with the 1.6-liter S version, but that’s all about to change soon.

A prototype version of the new Fiesta ST is undergoing handling test at the famous German Nurburgring track, and our sneaky team of covert spy photographers have managed to score some shots of this little beauty.

With its huge rear spoiler, larger front grille and a diffuser at the rear, it follows the lines of the next Focus ST, but we think it looks much, much better. We’re still not to fond of that fish-face grille but the bumper is much more rounded. What, you don’t care about the styling and only want performance? Ford has that covered to, with a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost petrol engine developing roughly 180 hp, which will be greener and more torquey than the old 150 hp 2.0-liter aspirated unit.

The unit will combine small capacity with direct injection and a small but fast turbocharger. Add to that twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), and you get a very attractive package, which should arrive on the scene late this year or early in 2012.
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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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