Ford's Fiesta launched into the US market with a splash thanks to a very well-orchestrated pre-launch PR campaign, but sales haven't proven all that robust over time, with Ford selling just 47,474 examples through October of this year (down 22.6 percent versus 2011).

Ford will be looking to reignite some of that early excitement with a new performance model, the 2014 Fiesta ST, and thanks to some leaked specs made available to Autoblog, we now have a very complete picture of what the tiny terror will look like.

Powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four wearing a single turbocharger, our source says the ST will deliver 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, with a temporary overboost mode to extend peak twist. Both figures represent very healthy increases over the standard Fiesta's 1.6-liter Duratec engine, which chips in 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. Like its Focus ST big brother, the new model will feature a so-called "Sound Symposer" to deliver a proper enthusiast's soundtrack. Shifting duties will fall to a six-speed manual, and the front-wheel drive five-door will also feature torque-vectoring technology and a three-mode stability control system for more entertaining handling antics.

The Fiesta ST will ride on a uniquely tuned and lowered sport suspension paired with 17-inch alloys (an inch larger than those available on the lesser Fiestas) wrapped in 205/40R17 Bridgestone Potenza rubber, and braking will be augmented by four-wheel discs with high-performance pads instead of the disc/drum combination on lower models.

Aesthetically, the Fiesta ST will receive a full performance rework, with a gaping trapezoidal grill with a mesh honeycomb insert that's a close kin to that of the Focus ST, along with a body kit said to mirror Ford's World Rally Championship racer (interestingly, Ford has already announced it will exit the series after 2012). Other additions include a rear spoiler, dual chrome exhaust tips and blacked-out headlamp surrounds.

When the hot hatch launches sometime in 2013, it will arrive in the buyer's choice of seven colors: Green Envy Metallic, Molten Orange Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Oxford White, Performance Blue, Race Red or Tuxedo Black Metallic.

Given that Ford debuted the Fiesta ST in concept form at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, we'd be surprised if the production model didn't surface in the City of Angels later this month. No word yet on pricing or availability, but logic suggests it will need to come in well under the reasonably priced Focus ST, which starts at $23,700.


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        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        If its a dude just say you were on autblog...he will understand lol. If it's a woman...just tell her she would not understand lol.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        You were just happy to see them? Either that, or it's a gun.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just tell them you were looking at borderline pornographic pictures.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        just tell them it was cold.....lol
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely love my Focus ST, and I can't wait to see more STs on the street! Great job Ford!
      slidemaster101
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dig it! Better performance is exactly what that car needed.
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad, not bad Ford. This is the Fiesta I would have seriously considered vs the Mazda3 I bought in 2010. (Traded that in for a mazdaspeed3 this year, so I'm happy where I'm at today).
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 2 Years Ago
      FYI: Those wheels have the same lug pattern and offset as any Contour/Mystique, 2000-2010 Focus, and last-gen Cougar.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool. Now we'll see if GM and Honda respond.
      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda CRZ what? Honda is SOOO far behind the times. I never thought I'd say Ford is light years ahead of them but with the CMax, Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta.. I'm starting to believe it. The only thing Honda has left that is half decent is the Fit - and that's starting to age and be lackluster when it comes to "new" and exciting! I bet this will return close to the same gas mileage as the CRZ- a boat load more hp, MUCH faster, sportier, seats 5(well 4 really), about the same price ($22,035 starting price for ex version) Still think Ford should try to get starting price down to about $20,500 but this looks like a huge win for them!
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        oops - Misread. the Focus is $23,700 so This thing could easily be under $20k when purchased. If I bought a CRZ or Veloster, I'd start to second guess my decision.
          mkoesel
          • 2 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          People buy those two cars at least in part because they want a two-door hatchback. Fiesta ST will remain a four-door hatchback only in the US, just like the base Fiesta. (And yes, the Veloster is actually a three-door hatchback, but it only has two door handles as that third door is hidden)
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          in the meantime check out the Fiestas tailights....
      Ron Myers
      • 2 Years Ago
      This story broke on Fiesta Faction yesterday. http://www.fiestafaction.com/forums/fiesta-buzz/39587-ford-spills-2014-fiesta-beans-e-sourcebook.html
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem with the Fiesta is that everyone remembers what a piece of junk it was in the 1980s. Those that forgot or were too young to remember, bought the new one when it came out and quickly realized what everybody else already knew for 20 years.
        adrenalnjunky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Pretty sure you're referring to the Festiva. As mentioned above - Fiesta was only in the US a couple of years before the Escort replaced it.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        one thing about blogs, theres always a few cluless sinistro79's lurking....
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      200 hp please................
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Probably just a reflash away. A reflash that will hopefully also work on the manual-transmission Fusion as well...
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        And if it was 200hp, you would want 220.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          Y'all make good points. :)
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          Ah, well, who doesn't always want more power? But I agree that 200 is a nice number for advertising purposes. The SVT Contour I once owned was rated at 200HP, and even though the car was 3200 lbs, at the time, it seemed like a big deal. Definately sounded better on paper than the 195HP original ('98) version. And then a year or so later, the WRX came along with 225 HP and AWD... :-/
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          well, maybe my evil twin, but I had an early Cooper S tweeked to 210, it really was a hoot.....
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        interesting being downvoted, my point is i want something to compete with the JCW but more liveable, 200hp from a 1.6 is attainable, 180 is great, but 200 sounds SO much better, perhaps Ford Racing will...or I should say SHOULD, offer some types of performance packages...they have one for the focus ST apparently that gives approx 30 hp bump....here that spells SUPER fun.....
      analogjesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would much rather own one of these than a Civic Si or CRZ. Still, it's hard not to be tempted toward Hyundai or Mazda. Ford's reliability is still lacking.
        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @analogjesse
        You are questioning Ford Reliabilty based on what!!??. Give examples PLease.., Keep in mind the 2.7mil Toyotas recalled yesterday and Huyandai/Kia Fuel economy Law suit:)
      Sean
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a nice car, but if you can't buy one without the dreaded "Sync" system, I would avoid it.
        DraGuLa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sean
        I have it in my '13 Flex and it has never froze or rebooted in the 7 months I've had the car. I had it in my last car (1st gen) and it rebooted 3 times in the year and half I had it. It never froze unless you that's what you are calling it when it reboots. The reboot takes maybe 30 seconds at the most. That doesn't bother me in the least. My only gripe is there is no redundant switch/button for the heated/cooled seats and the inability to sync two phones at once.
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