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Ford reveals the hot ST version of the little Fiesta hatch.

When Ford showed the Fiesta ST Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, we all knew it was only a matter of time before a production model made its debut. And one year later, at this year's 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, that is exactly what is happening as Ford has announced the new 2014 Fiesta ST hot hatchback.

Since we know you are already excited, we'll just get right to it: under the hood you'll find a 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder, rated at 132kW of power and 290Nm of torque. Thanks to the EcoBoost technology, 240Nm of torque is available from just 1600 rpm, with the maximum 290Nm occurring at just 3500 rpm.

The power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with no automatic or dual-clutch transmission option available. And that power doesn't come with a huge dent at the fuel pump, either, since the Fiesta ST still gets an estimated 6.9L/100km on the highway.

The Fiesta ST takes a similar styling approach as the larger Focus ST, as it will only be available as a five-door hatchback with a unique front and rear fascia. Up front, there's a honeycomb grille and chin spoiler, while out back there's a rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Dual chrome exhaust tips peek out from the rear bumper, and a high-mounted rear spoiler finishes off the body kit. Unique 17-inch alloy wheels fill the wheel wells and attention-grabbing Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint is available.

Suspension gets upgraded with modified front knuckles, which help achieve a quicker steering ratio of 13:6:1. Ford also increased the stiffness of the rear axle, improving stability through flat corners. The Fiesta ST is 15mm lower than the base model, and features electronic torque-vectoring. The stability control can be completely disabled for track-day fun, and there's a new sport mode that offers up a reasonable compromise for street driving.

Ford is quick to note the new Fiesta ST has more power than both the Mini Cooper S and Chevrolet Sonic RS, but will these models actually be cross shopped? Time will tell.


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  • Couldn't agree more CQ re: XR6. We have had a Commodore for the last 2 years (SV6) and have just replaced it with an XR6. Chalk and cheese the XR is a much more confident "solid" vehicle than the Holden with more real world grunt i.e. down low. We are replacing the wifes car with soon and am tipping the the Focus Turbo ST for room over the Fiesta.

    MV Auz of QLD Posted on 03 December 2012 7:44pm
  • Finally something to give the Polo Gti / Skoda vRS a run for their money. Shame its only a couple of years late to the party. When the waiting list was 9 months long on the Gti I'm sure there would have been plenty of overflow that could have seen themselves driving one of these instead. I know I would have been one of them if it were released this year. 6 speed manual & switchable stability would be great selling points too. With all the nightmare stories about heavy oil usage & DSG clutch problems that plague the twin charge engine in the Gti that never get a mention make it in the PCOTY stories, I'm sure there a lots of Gti owners that wish there were cars like this when they decided on their cars. Good on Ford OZ for bringing this here, I'm sure it will be a bigger sales success than some of fords other recent new models. Looking in your direction 4cyl. falcon...

    Miguel Sanchez of melbourne Posted on 30 November 2012 1:36pm
  • Fabia RS is NOT a hot hatch 132kw and 1253kg

    Andyw of Qld Posted on 30 November 2012 10:55am
  • Ford already makes a car car which is far superior to the opposition's. The FG Falcon XR-6 is a brilliant car, yet marketing on the vehicle is virtually zero. The Holden equivalent which is a piece of junk sells like hotcakes, which goes to prove that markeing and advertising can sell all sorts of crap, even a Commodore!

    CQ of Qld Posted on 29 November 2012 6:59pm
  • Nice!!!!!!!!

    Nick of S.A. Posted on 29 November 2012 3:46pm
  • Can't wait to see it in the metal. My wife would have one now if it had a 6 speed auto.

    B.Ferguson of Sydney Posted on 29 November 2012 10:40am
  • When you read of Ford cars like this it is a mystery why Ford isn't doing better in Australia. Perhaps a change in emphasis from the Falcon to Mondeo, Focus and Fiesta? Revive that plan to build the Focus here?

    Ian Thresher of CROSSLANDS NSW 2446 Posted on 29 November 2012 7:25am
  • Does it still come with that horrid transformer dashboard ? Ok for younger drivers but for oldies I suspect a bit of a turn off ?

    CRSC of Melbourne Posted on 28 November 2012 11:31pm
  • Once again, Ford gets it wrong. By the time the ST arrives, the current model it is based on will be about 6 months from an all new replacement. They need to bring out these halo cars at the start of the model cycle, not the end.

    Rob of Taylors Lakes Posted on 28 November 2012 9:30pm
  • This wont take long as cannot find much to write about , as far as the Video goes what video there is more action in the still photo's . I did comment on another car at the beginning of this year and said it looks like an out of water Guppy in other words do not like the Grill , the sides look neat and tidy rear does impress me , IF THE PRICE is less than 25K it may help FORD to stay as an Australian , though the way things have gone over the last 10 months with the others Car they brought out that is debateable

    Ned41 of Merbein Posted on 28 November 2012 8:09pm
  • i guess i wont be driving the diesel version (ST-D) :D

    james of syd Posted on 28 November 2012 6:50pm
  • WHY do we OLNY get the five door ????

    karen murray of melbourne Posted on 28 November 2012 6:27pm
  • What does it weigh and will it come to Australia... Will it out perform the current small hot hatch the Polo GTI / Fabia RS?

    Stephen T of Geelong Posted on 28 November 2012 5:34pm
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