Meet the Fiesta ST concept – it's all the goodness of the newly introduced Focus ST, just in a smaller package. It looks just about ready to hit the streets, and that's a good thing, since
Ford says that it is "seriously looking" at bringing this hot little number to production.

The beating heart under the Fiesta ST's bonnet is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, producing somewhere between 175 and 180 horsepower. The concept car uses a six-speed manual transmission and sends power exclusively to the front wheels, and Ford claims that the Fiesta ST is capable of running to 62 miles per hour in under seven seconds.

The big reason why we're hoping the Fiesta ST gets the go-ahead? Ford says that the car will be a global model, meaning we'll have two new Ford performance products to sink our teeth into in the United States. We've seen plenty of spy shots of the hotted-up Fiesta, so we're fairly confident that this little darling will see the light of day sometime after the Focus ST goes on sale. The question is, will we get the three-door configuration, or will it spawn a set of rear doors?

We'll have a slew of live images direct from the Frankfurt Messe in short order. For now, hit the jump to read over Ford's official press release.
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Ford Reveals Fiesta ST Concept at Frankfurt; Previews Future High-Performance Fiesta

• Ford unveils exciting new Fiesta ST Concept at 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, indicating the future direction for a high-performance Fiesta

• Fiesta ST Concept features a specially tuned 180PS 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine to deliver spirited performance combined with fuel efficiency and low emissions

• Bold and dynamic exterior styling inspired by Fiesta RS WRC promises driver- oriented interior features

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 12, 2011 – Ford is revealing its vision for a future high- performance Fiesta ST at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept signals the next step in Ford Motor Company's global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST performance model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global Ford small car portfolio.

The Fiesta ST Concept combines eye-catching, muscular and sporty styling with a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain capable of delivering impressive fuel economy with low CO2 emissions.

A global Fiesta ST would continue the proud, 35-year Fiesta history of delivering high performance thrills to small car customers. Iconic past models have included the Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo and more recently the first generation Fiesta ST.

The bold and distinctive new three-door Fiesta ST Concept embodies the spirit of Fiesta's high- performance history while infusing the latest model with dynamic, futuristic looks and innovative technology.

"The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "The Fiesta ST Concept continues that tradition by showing how a global performance version of our best-selling B-car can be both technically advanced and dramatically styled.

"With a racing silhouette inspired by the global Fiesta race and rally cars currently competing on the world stage, and influenced by the unique appearance of the all-new Focus ST, the new Fiesta ST Concept is an exciting demonstration of the road-going Fiesta's future potential."

WRC-inspired, EcoBoost-powered

With the Fiesta RS World Rally Car and Fiesta Rallycross cars currently demonstrating the potential of Ford's global small car in the toughest of international motorsport events, there could be no better time for Ford to offer customers a glimpse of what is also technically possible with the road-going Fiesta.

Like Ford's World Rally Championship contender, the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine to deliver performance every bit as breathtaking as the vehicle's striking design.

The use of a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit in the Fiesta ST Concept and Ford's EcoBoost downsizing strategy in general reflects not only the current WRC engine guidelines, but also the trend within international motorsport to deliver greater fuel economy through technical advancement.

As with all engines in the EcoBoost family, the Fiesta ST Concept's advanced engine combines turbocharging and direct injection to deliver the powerful performance of a larger capacity traditional petrol engine.

Like the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that will power the forthcoming Ford Focus ST, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost in the Fiesta ST Concept also features Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and has been specially developed to provide power and torque worthy of the ST badge.

For the Fiesta ST Concept, the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine achieves a target power output of 180PS with 240Nm of torque, enough to propel the concept vehicle from 0-100km/h in less than 7 seconds. A top speed exceeding 220km/h is possible.

Yet the advanced design of the turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine – connected to a 6-speed manual transmission – means the Fiesta ST Concept is also able to deliver target CO2 emissions of lower than 140g/km.

Improving fuel economy and emissions remains one of the driving factors behind Ford's continuing development of the EcoBoost engine family, with the Fiesta ST Concept proving that responsible and attractive fuel economy need not come at the expense of performance.

Bold Design The Fiesta ST's bold and assertive styling makes an immediate impression and drives home the high performance message with a number of striking features and design themes. The large, distinctive trapezoidal grille echoes a key feature of its larger sibling, the new Focus ST, and incorporates a honeycomb mesh design.

At the rear a dramatic diffuser design leaves no doubt as to the sporting credentials of the Fiesta ST Concept. The diffuser also envelops a twin exit exhaust.

A lowered stance, widened wheel arches filled with 17-inch alloy wheels and full ST body kit mirror the styling of the Ford Fiesta WRC competition car – an alluring form that also delivers racing functionality.

An all-new exterior paint colour in Europe – Molten Orange, as featured in the North American Ford SVT F-150 Raptor pickup – reinforces the invigorating, racing spirit of the Fiesta ST Concept.

This theme is continued inside the high-contrast sports interior which includes Recaro sports seats for the driver and front passenger.

Motorsport-influenced performance and handling Taking inspiration from Ford's competition Fiestas in the World Rally Championship (WRC), Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), European Rallycross Championship (ERC) and X Games, the Ford Global Performance Vehicles group has developed the Fiesta ST Concept to deliver uncompromised sports performance and handling.

Tuned suspension geometry ensures dynamic and competent handling that can flatter less- experienced drivers while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST's sports performance.

"With the Focus ST we promised to deliver uncompromised sports performance and styling to a truly global audience for the first time, without sacrificing Ford's key values of Smart, Safe, Quality and Green. With the Fiesta ST Concept we are demonstrating that our Global Performance Plan has legs," said Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles.

"The Fiesta ST Concept shows in the most dramatic way possible that the qualities that define an ST are not limited to one model. The potential for delivering the ST experience to an even wider audience are laid bare by this striking new concept."


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      Alma V. Hassan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dono why you guys hatin'... I thought the standard Fiesta was nice, and this slightly sleeker and sportier... I like it!
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Concept LOL...ive been seeing spy shots for atleast a year now...Ford will absolutely OWN the hothatch market with both this AND the Focus ST
      peteMT
      • 3 Years Ago
      This needs to be sold stateside, as is, right now. Ford, you have a chance here to reignite the fire of the old Civic Si. Honda has lost its way, and it looks like you have found it.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh. My. God. This is what I've been predicting all along, including the styling elements and power figures. Ford, YES PLEASE. If this actually is sold in the US you will have the best lineup out of every single manufacturer. Price it under $20,000 and you will sell these by the truckload.
      moorewr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Three doors, please. If this things lands here under $20,000 and gets an ad push.. they'll be all over the place. /shortlisted
      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am much more interested in the Fiesta ST than the Focus ST, which has a better price/performance/economy blend. If the ST can compete favorably on all counts vs. the Cooper S, Ford has a sale.
      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford, DO IT! I''m counting down the days until my 2010 Mazda 3s GT is paid off and saving my pennies for a Mini Cooper S.. BUT, if Ford can get this into showrooms by spring of 2013, I'd seriously consider it over said Mini!
      Christopher Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they bring this over here as a three door (and with more like 200 hp), I would legitimately consider buying it.
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Anderson
        Agreed. The Focus ST is interesting, but this is the car that I want.
      Nick Gregson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm really excited to see another ST model in the lineup-- it's hot enough where it'll be faster than the standard car, but its 180hp still puts it below the 247hp of the Focus ST in the hierarchy. I wonder, if they launch an EcoBoost Mustang if they'll call that "Mustang ST"? I'm hoping that once the ST models are out we'll see them on the dragstrip beating up the Cobalt SS and SRT-4 guys. When one does show up, you can bet I'll have it up on the NMCA facebook fan page. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/NMCANationals Now if only they'd make an AWD Focus RS.
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Gregson
        It depends how you look at it, ST's are equivalent to SVTs, the 1st gen Focus ST was sold in the US as the Focus SVT. The Shelby GT500 is an SVT model.
      Carlos Andrade
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the problem with Global Ford...the small European cars are being re-styled by American minds. No more European finesse for us. I'm sorry, I know this is a very US-ish blog and I have no doubt Americans can make big cars look incredibly good but when it comes to small ones they get confused, they do seem to be capable of making them look classy.That's why cars like the Fiat 500 were born in Europe and not the US. This poor Fiesta looks so cheap and can be described in two words:"Ricer Car" Too bad, Ford's RS devision was my favorite but I guess I will change to RenaultSport. Needless to say that all this speech goes to the Focus, ST or not too. A total shame if you ask me.
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Andrade
        It's a hot hatch is it not? It should look racy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Here he comes, out from under his bridge. Wah wah wah, I HATE FORD, wah wah wah.
        why_hate?
        • 3 Years Ago
        i dont think it looks all bad, the back is fine, its the front that fails. i do like the quad projector beam headlamps that probably wont make it to the production version. its just that the grille isnt cohesive with the rest of the car really, it just seems out of place. the euro fiesta already had a nice front end that just needed a few tweaks to make it more aggressive. perhaps R&D determined that a massive front opening was needed for cooling purposes, but im sure something more creative could have been conceptualized than that...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        God, it must be so miserable being someone who is so damn brand loyal.
      why_hate?
      • 3 Years Ago
      eww. why must ford design these horrible front grilles?? the fiesta ST was something that i was actually looking forward to since i think all versions of the focus look a hot ass mess, but leave it to ford to screw that up too..... hopefully all is not lost, hopefully the front end clip from a normal fiesta will still fit on the ST version so that ugly mug isnt the first thing i see when i back into my garage :(
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @why_hate?
        Try fitting the base Fiesta's bumper cover over the intercooler...
          baconpocket
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @why_hate? go read about how intercoolers work. then come back and say you're sorry.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @why_hate?
        It's an FMIC, moron. TMICs need air to operate properly. Do you notice a hood scoop? Because I certainly don't.
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