Ford Fiesta ST Concept Revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show
September 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Great news for Ford hot hatch fans! A Ford Fiesta ST concept has been launched at the Frankfurt motor show this morning – with Ford confirming it will go into production next year!
This stunner of a car will sit alongside the new Focus ST range, which will include an estate verion for the first time.
This exciting concept will follow in a long line of baby fast Fords . Predecesors include the XR2, XR2i, RS1800, RS Turbo and the previous-generation ST.
In previous discussions Ford have played down speculation that the Fiesta ST would make prodution, claiming there was not enough global appeal, therefore suggesting it would not be approved under the One Ford strategy, however the success of the Fiesta in North America partered with strong demand from the European market has finally convinced Ford decision makers in Detroit to sign the car off for production next year.
At the heart of the front-drive concept sits a 178bhp, 177lb ft 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The most powerful factory Fiesta at present is the 132bhp 1.6 in the special-edition Fiesta S1600.
The Fiesta ST concept can cover 0-62mph in less than seven seconds and reach 137mph, compared with the Renault Clio 200’s 6.9sec and 141mph. Ford claims CO2 emissions will be lower than 140g/km and the fuel economy figure will be “attractive”.
Inspired by the Fiesta RS WRC car and the forthcoming Focus ST procuction car the Fiesta ST is likely to feature a large trapezoid grille, rear diffuser, twin exhanust system, full ST body-kit and 17″ alloy wheels. The exterior vibrant molten orange paint will be carried through into the interior and cockpit with Recaro seats completing the package.
Ford claims that the concept’s handling has been influenced by Fiesta competition cars that run in the WRC, X Games and rallycross championships.