The Ford Fiesta ST hits the display area of Geneva Motor Show that opens its doors to the media in Switzerland today. The Fiesta ST is being showed off ahead of the performance hatchback's launch in Europe in 2013.
Developed by Ford's Team RS, the new Fiesta ST delivers significant improvements in ride and handling through the introduction of a specially-tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta; Ford's enhanced torque vectoring control system; and three electronic-stability control modes. These three technologies were put to the test through over 5,000 kilometers of driving on Germany's fabled Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Powering the Fiesta ST is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that churns out 178hp and 240Nm of torque, giving it a zero-to-100kph sprint time of under seven seconds and a top speed of more than 200kph. At the same time, the EcoBoost technology delivers a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emission compared to the previous Fiesta ST.
Emphasizing the Fiesta ST's performance through the exterior is the large trapezoidal grille. Inside, it's the standard Recaro sports seats, which is a first for the model. It also will be equipped with Ford's MyKey system, which allows owners to limit the performance and ensure the activation of safety features when less-experienced drivers use the vehicle and Sync, Ford's voice-activated in-car connectivity system.
With production of the new Fiesta ST confirmed for Europe, Ford remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to other regions.
"We're delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we'll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future," said Jost Capito, Ford director of global performance vehicles. "With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use."