• Sep 20, 2010
2012 Ford Fiesta ST – Click above for high-res image gallery

We can't find much fault with the 2011 Ford Fiesta, but if there's one major gripe, it's a lack of power (well, and paddle shifters for the dual-clutch gearbox). However, it looks like that lone complaint may be addressed with the introduction of the Fiesta ST, the smaller sibling to the recently revealed Focus ST.

Similar to the mule caught in Detroit earlier this year, the three-door Fiesta is back with a massive front-mount intercooler, revised body work, new wheels and a high-performance exhaust, along with some racy Recaros that probably won't make the trek from prototype to production.

While it's doubtful Ford would port over the Focus ST's 247 horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost mill, the 180-hp turbo'd 1.6-liter or rumored EcoBoost 1.4 are definitely in the cards. With the Focus ST finally having a shot in the States, the globally-certified Fiesta ST might come along for the ride. And maybe a set of paddle shifters will be included in the package.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Where do I sign?

      Seriously.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just bring it Ford and I thought I had to buy a Fiat 500 Sport to get a quick runabout. I was hoping for some choice, add his and RS version of the new Aveo and NOW WERE TALKING ABOUT CHOICE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please let me know when it's in NA showroom. Thanks.... NEXT item please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think a turbo 1.6L would be fine and dandy. I've seen that engine bay and i don't think a 2.0 would fit in it anyway.

      However, the exhaust manifold is in the back and the intake is in the front! It doesn't look like there's much room for a turbo.. i wonder how they'd pull it off.

      Nonetheless, I like the idea of buying basically America's version of the Mini Cooper S.

      160hp, keep it under 2600lb, and i'll be over there test driving one quicker than you can say 'Detroit lives again'
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hazdaz:
        I think the architecture is the same (DOHC, MFI fuel delivery, aluminum block, etc...). The 2.0 does not have VVT, and has a 10:1 compression ratio. The 1.6 is newer tech with twin independent variable cam timing and an 11:1 compression ratio.
        • 4 Years Ago
        fair enough... good info.

        Being so close in displacement, I just naturally assumed they were essentially the same engine. Guess not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think what he meant is that the block could be the same, but the two motors just have a different bore and/or stroke. Manufacturers have done this sort of stuff in the past. the b16/b18 is a good example; i think even the b20 is in the same block!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know of many 4 cylinder motor families that have that much variance in displacement.

        IMHO, 400cc variance is a pretty big stretch on a production 4 cylinder motor. Also, at 1.6L of displacement, you don't really need balance shafts... at 2.0L and above, you certainly do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like this Fiesta . I like the idea of a pocket rocket with 180HP. I still think I will hold out for the Focus ST, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when i see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But I thought that a Fiesta ST new-gen wasn't going to happen?

      STOP PLAYING WITH MY HEAD AUTOBLOG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite the Porsche of choice, props to Motor Trend for making a decent comparison video. Talked more about the cars itself than themselves unlike Top Gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Boy am I getting old, should have said "Talked more about the cars than themselves unlike Top Gear."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just hope that they don't price it so high.

      The Fiesta with options is already pricey for the size of the vehicle. If this thing starts under $20,000, I might just have to sign myself up.

      I also hope that Mazda is working on a Mazdaspeed2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      180HP in a Fiesta would be delicious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why even bother putting a turbo in when you only get 180hp? Is the engine that weak? Aren't there 1.6's that can do it naturally asparated? Great lookin' car though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Will, because you get a lot more torque and a much wider powerband. A turbo 1.6L should make 160-180 ft-lb of torqe starting from ~2000rpms or so. A 1.6L NA would be lucky to have around 115 ft-lb and that'd probably be around 4k-5k rpms.
        legrandedick
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stop it! Using the word 'delicious' for anything other than food is a mandatory ban from the man club.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Prayers have been answered! Hopefully this will spur others like the Speed2 and the VW Polo GTI. Hats off to Ford again for being what they should have been 10 years ago!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ME WANTY!!!
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