The Fiesta ST is based on the three-door body shell, utilizing the EcoBoost 1.6 that will also see action in the new Focus, here tuned to provide 177 hp and 240 Nm of torque. This gives the Fiesta ST a 0 to 100 km/h time of "under seven seconds."
With this much power on tap in such a teeny-tiny car, Ford utilizes a new Torque Vectoring Control system to keep the front wheels pointed in the proper direction. This system, along with a three-mode Electronic Stability Control system and a lower and tighter suspension, was developed on “THE NURBURGRING”, which means the car should handle exceptionally well, too.
The Fiesta ST's performance credentials seem assured, as the crew working on it is Ford's Team RS - the same people responsible for the Fiesta WRC rally cars.
So the bright red catfish is fast as spit, both in a straight line and in not-so-straight-lines. And to keep any teenagers or parking lot valets from trying out how fast it can go, it utilizes Ford's "MyKey" technology, that limits performance and keeps all the driving aids at full "nanny" mode when other people are driving your precious little car.
There's no word yet if there will be a dual-clutch version. While Ford's dry-plate dual clutch is rated for up to 240 to 250 Nm of torque, it's likely they'll want a beefier unit for ST use.
While chances of this coming here in three-door format seem slim, Ford has shown a five-door concept back in late 2011, which raises the enticing prospect of a five-door Fiesta ST continuing the "hot Ford" tradition started with the Lynx RS and continued by the previous Focus TDCi S.
Please, FGP, make it so.