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The fine folk at Auto Express are reporting that the powerful Ford Fiesta ST has gotten the official go ahead from the suits in Europe. If all of the whispers making their way around the internet right now are true, our cousins across the pond will be getting a crack at a 180-horsepower version of the Blue Oval's tiny hatch very soon.
All of that pep should come courtesy of a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, and should help the Fiesta get to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Odds are the forced induction engine will be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or the company's new dual-clutch gear box.

But does that mean we'll get to enjoy the same kind of fun in our neck of the woods? It's hard to say, but since Ford is openly embracing a new global philosophy, a Fiesta ST for America isn't completely out the question. Consider our fingers crossed.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Ford,

      Please bring over the 2012 Focus RS/SVT to these shores. The ones you originated from. And make it AWD. Please? If you do, this guy's buying blue oval for the rest of his life.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Does the ST stand for Shock Treatment?...
      Well then....
      "Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sport Technologies
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the best news I've heard all day - BRING IT FORD! But if they do, buyers will have a tough decision to make. 1) Ford Fiesta ST with 180-hp, FWD and practical, versatile package, or 2) the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 with 305-hp, RWD, and more performance/driving dynamics plus an amazing interior - both for about the same price. Wow! That's a tough call.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to get a ECOBOOST Sedan Fiesta or Focus if I got a fiesta I want a different chrome grille I.e. 2010 Edge grille
      • 5 Years Ago
      ST stands for Sporting Trophy. I have the Mk 6 Fiesta ST and it is a fantastic machine. I have been hoping that Ford would make an Mk 7 Fiesta ST sooner but the fact that they are announcing this is really good news. (Even though I have just had a bunch of Mountune parts stuck on mine). I hope you guys get this car in the States, it seems silly for Ford to introduce the Fiesta stateside yet to not bring over the ST when it becomes available.
      In terms of price, I spent £12,000 (GBP) $18,250 (USD) on mine in March 06. An equivalent Mini Cooper S was easily knocking on £20,000 (GBP) $30500 (USD) after extras so I would hope that Ford can continue to keep that price margin while providing a superior car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ST stands for Sports Technologies first used on the ST24 Mondeo in 1997
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahh so it does. Sorry I got it confused with the Sport Trophy / Sporting Trophy competitions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ALAN! MARK! Two sold! I just picked up my new 2010 Fusion Sport and would gladly take two of these little buggers, one for the wife and one for me, after I give the kid the Fusion! DO IT!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't think of too many things on this blog that garners as much attention and desire as all these fast Fords. Ford keeps saying that they will bring them over if the demand and response is positive, so what more do they want to hear out of us?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd give 95% odds that Ford will be doing a performance variant of the Focus after the next gen is introduced in the US. I hate it, but I'd be surprised if we saw a performance oriented Fiesta here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just for the helll of it, I would like to see Ford drop an ecoboost V6 in a super lightweight Focus or Fiesta
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no way the Fiesta ST would undercut the cooper S by 6-8k. 1-2k MAYBE. It could be good deal if it competed directly at the same price.

        I also think it is pretty certain that we will be getting this ST version. Ford already said that we would be getting the various ecoboost engines in 80% of their lineup in the next few years. So why would they leave the Fiesta out?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper.....it will undercut by 6-8, mark my words...Cooper S's can be opted out to OVER 30k....i see a well optioned Fiesta maxing out around 24k...with leather etc an S gets to 32k, a Fiesta with similar option MAYBE 26.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In all honesty, I think cars like this are "game changers" of sorts for many brands. VW didn't have a sporty bone in its body before the Rabbit GTI came along (and even after the Scirroco had been on sale). Mazda had it's cult followers of rotaries but wasn't really a "sportscar brand" until the MX-5 hit.

        I'm not saying this would change the face of Ford -- they're too big and too diverse for that -- but this would definitely be the shot across the bow of a largely disinterested public. Seeing this car zipping about would wake people up to the sweeping change occurring at Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        mini s 23-30

        fiesta st 20-25

        no way 6-8k cheaper
        • 5 Years Ago
        ?...start adding options...Mayfair package al.one on an S is 5k....try adding leather, a nice stereo system etc etc, I had a 93 S, cost me 24k ,for me to spec out the SAME car today I'm at close to 29, start adding John Cooper Works etc and 32k is EASILY attainable, the 23k Fiesta is LOADED, now get on MiniUSA.com and add similar features to their REGULAR Cooper...it gets plain scary....8k may be a stretch fior sure, but I would guess a loaded ST Fiesta WILL come in..and please note FEATURE FOR FEATURE 6k less....$26 would be my guess
      • 5 Years Ago
      They cant keep this car away from N/A there is just to much hype about it! At the end of the day it would ruin everything that they are trying to accomplish. Well I guess thats just my take on it anyways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, but given the track record of getting these type of cars here I would not expect it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, however... the Mini Cooper S is selling well. Hopefully this car has the same good mannered FWD dynamics?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've driven a base Cooper and a Fiesta at the SD Auto Show. The Fiesta feels more solid and handles better. The base Cooper's steering was too heavy at low speeds.

        If they bring this car here, it just might sway me from a 2011 Mustang. Would be the sensible choice for a commuter (and help me on insurance).
        • 5 Years Ago
        same here

        all ready to trade in my fit on a 3 door fiesta
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plain and simple, Ford lost a sale for the Fiesta with me by not offering the 3-door. My wife and I were 100% deadset on the Fiesta (3-door), but upon finding out it will not be coming here, we've moved on completely. In a way it's good, I'm not sure we need a second car as we are selling our Focus ZX3 partly for this reason... which we had originally been planning to sell TO BUY the Fiesta 3-door. Oh well. :
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay here's what will happen.. My goodness

      1) Chrysler-Fiat drops 2011 (in mid to late 2010) Fiat 500 along with the Abarth version sporting 170hp engine.

      2) Mini Cooper S MSRP's - $23,500 172hp, but more weight

      3) Chrysler releases Abarth for $18-19K; $21,000 "Nicely Equipped"
      Chrysler will undercut BMW/Mini, especially if they build the things HERE (Euro vs Dollar)

      Performance and overall feel might not be totally on par with Mini but the nice thing about Americans is "A bargain is a bargain". We can generally live with lower quality plastics for example if we could show a typical Mini S driver our tail-lights...

      4) If the Abarth sells well (say 10-15K units) which I think it will, Ford will come out with the ST Fiesta here after it sells the regular 4 door to Millennials who really don't care about power but like Sync and the Ipod jack more...

      Those of us harking back to the days of lightweight, fun to drive cars that punch above their weight will get a Fiesta ST with 180+hp. Of course Mopar/Fiat supporters can always "upgrade" ;) I'm still on course to buy a Abarth, sorry Ford unless you announce the ST before Nov.

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