For has revealed its plans for the Fiesta by unveiling the Fiesta ST Concept, the American carmaker's likeliest next step in its global performance vehicle strategy if and when it joins the Focus ST in the global Ford small car portfolio.
"The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of global product development. "The Fiesta ST Concept continues that tradition by showing how a global performance version of our best-selling B-car can be both technically advanced and dramatically styled."
The three-door Fiesta ST Concept utilizes a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine that, like the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that will power the Focus ST, features Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing and has been specially developed to provide power and torque worthy of the ST performance badge. Paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta ST's EcoBoost mill puts out 180hp and 240Nm of torque, enough power to propel the car from zero to 100kph in less than 7 seconds and reach a top speed of 220kph.
The Fiesta ST Concept's bold exterior styling echoes that of the larger Focus ST, particularly the large, distinctive trapezoidal grille which incorporates a honeycomb mesh design. At the rear, a dramatic diffuser and a twin exhaust leaves no doubt as to the car's sporting credentials. A lowered stance, widened wheel arches filled with 17-inch alloy wheels and full ST body kit that mirror the styling of the Ford Fiesta WRC competition car complete the exterior package.
"With the Fiesta ST Concept we are demonstrating that our Global Performance Plan has legs," said Jost Capito, Ford's director of global performance vehicles. "The Fiesta ST Concept shows in the most dramatic way possible that the qualities that define an ST are not limited to one model. The potential for delivering the ST experience to an even wider audience are laid bare by this striking new concept."