Weve been teased with concept car versions of the new Fiesta in ST form for a couple of years now, so it comes as no surprise to find out that Ford will be releasing it for sale to the public next year.
The lowered chassis features Torque Vectoring Control first used on the Focus and three Electronic Stability Control settings, tuned during 5,000kms of driving on the Nrburgring Nordschleife, so it ought to handle rather well...
The Fiesta ST has a bold, trapezoidal corporate grille, linking it firmly in the Ford family.
It also gains a roof-mounted spoiler, twin exhaust pipes, big alloys, side skirts, and a rear diffuser, just in case passers-by dont recognise it as the fastest Fiesta of them all.
The ST gets Recaro seats, some carbon fibre, and SYNC, Fords in-car, voice-activated connectivity system.
It also features a rather clever device called MyKey, which allows the owner to limit the cars performance in the event that a novice driver is in charge of the vehicle.
The engine is a 1.6-litre EcoBoost - developing 178bhp and 177lb ft of torque in this installation - giving the ST a top speed of 136mph and a 0-62mph time of under seven seconds.
Its not just about the power these days, so the new Fiesta will also deliver up to 40mpg and less than 140g/km of CO2, a 20 percent reduction on the old ST.
UK buyers will only get the three-door version, but those crafty Yanks will be offered five doors.
Price: It is expected to cost around 17,500 when it hits the showroom.
Available from:Sometime in the first half of 2013.
The old Fiesta ST was a great hot-hatch and there is no reason to believe that the new one will be any less impressive. Its well-specced, fast, and economical whats not to like?
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