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Ford Fiesta ST confirmed for Australia

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Ford has finally confirmed the Fiesta ST at Geneva for Australia.

After concept teases at previous motor shows, the little hot hatch will be unveiled within hours in production form at Geneva motor show, and will arrive in our showrooms late in 2013.

It will carry the 1.6-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder engine seen at the last Frankfurt and LA shows, using a six-speed manual to deliver 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Ford says the ST will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in less than seven seconds and has a top speed of 219km/h. 

The Fiesta ST will sit lower than the standard car on a special sports suspension tuning, and will have triple-mode stability control and torque vectoring control that brakes the inside wheel in cornering to improve handling. It follows the Focus ST in style  and will follow it on sale here - with twin exhausts, trapezoid mesh grille and body kit that includes skirts and roof spoiler.

All that is set to stay on the model we’ll see go on sale here, but Ford says it’s too early to hint about price tags. “It’s far too early to speculate on numbers and pricing,” Ford spokesman Neil McDonald says. “We’ll know more closer to it being rolled out… It will go into the US and Europe in 2012 and we’ll see it here in 2013 - but later rather than earlier.”

McDonald agrees the pair of hot hatches will add a good dose of spice to Ford’s local line-up.

“The Fiesta ST is a good complement for Focus ST, and is part of that sport technology global strategy we’ve introduced. We think there’s a lot of potential here for Fiesta as well as Focus.

“There’s certainly been a lot of interest in Australia in the smaller hot hatch segment – we’ve seen that with XR4 and XR5 models – and we expect the same with ST because it’s a harmonised approach. It’s going to excite people about the performance end of Ford’s small line-up.”

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  • This is more like it, but I hate how they have to turbo charge everything just to get it past emission regs.

    Ollygt of Brisbane Posted on 09 March 2012 7:57am
  • Judging by overseas reports and what we know of how pricing will need to be, I'd say it will sell far fewer in the mini class than Suzuki with their 2012 Swift Sport. Indeed in Europe where the Swift Sport sells for around the same as a Mini Cooper, Suzuki Sports sales kill the Mini Coopers as well as the wild looking, hot-ish Audi A1 with it's tiny brakes too. Evo Magazine in the UK gave the nod to the Swift Sport over all the Hot mini hatches. Only one to come close really was the Renalt Twingo Cup which is fast as a Suzi but nowhere near as refined. There was a POLO Gti spec SEAT tested too and it did not make the grade really

    Roger Knight of Adelaide Posted on 08 March 2012 5:59pm
  • How is it that it is due for release in late 2013?!?!? That is absolutely beyond me, is there future Euro emission or design standards that cause this?

    Josh of Australia Posted on 07 March 2012 11:05pm
  • Yeehah! bring it on! Hopefully this'll jack Ford's sales up a bit!

    bob Posted on 07 March 2012 11:08am
  • I do hope it doesn't retain that awful transformer dashboard - cheap and nasty

    tr of melbourne Posted on 07 March 2012 1:18am
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