For several years, Ford has sold a hot-hatch version of the Fiesta subcompact in Europe, though the normal version just arrived in the U.S., Ford’s home ground. Ford is currently showing the new Fiesta ST in Geneva and there are rumors it may come stateside.
How Swiss it is
The Geneva Motor Show is currently under way and automakers are flocking to Switzerland to show off their new stuff. Among the many displays is the 2013 Ford Fiesta ST, the tuned-up hot-hatch version of the subcompact three and five-door hatchback that’s one of the most popular cars Ford sells in Europe, where it has been on sale for decades.
In 2004, according to CarEnthusiast, Ford launched the Fiesta ST for that generation of the car, which was followed up with an ST variant of the next generation of Fiesta. The new generation, according to USA Today, is making its debut. So far, Ford has maintained that it won’t be coming to the United States.
The mighty mouse Fiesta ST packs a punch belying its small size. The Fiesta ST, according to AutoBlog, gets a turbo-charged version of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that sits in the domestic Fiesta. The tuned version makes nearly 180 horsepower and nips from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour, or 0 to 62 miles per hour, in less than seven seconds. Top speed is estimated at 220 kph, or about 140 miles per hour. It also produces 20 percent fewer emissions.
The ride height is 15 millimeters (about 0.6 inches), the chassis and suspension have been given a performance tune-up and the car gets a three-setting Electronic Stability Control and torque-vectoring.
The car is also getting the Aston Martin-like grill that’s been getting installed on Ford’s smaller cars, Recaro race seats and Ford’s SYNC system.
The rumor mill
The big buzz, according to Inside Line, is that Ford hasn’t ruled out the Fiesta ST coming to the United States. Ford showed off the three-door version in Geneva, which is slated to arrive at Ford dealerships in Europe in 2013. However, the car was previewed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late 2011 as a five-door, which elicited a positive response.
Ford’s press release concerning the Fiesta ST mentions the response that the five-door Fiesta ST concept got and states that the company “also remains open … to other areas, including North America.” That isn’t confirmation, but rather the official declaration of the possibility. The Focus ST is going on sale later this year and because the Focus ST packs 87 more horsepower than the standard Focus, the ST badge means business.