For hot hatch buyers who might find the Focus ST a little out of their price range, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST should be a perfect fit. The new Fiesta ST drops a peppy EcoBoost engine under the hood and gets the usual styling upgrades expected from an ST-badged car.

Available only as a hatchback with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2014 Fiesta ST gets the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder that Ford has initially rated at 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. The car also gets an electronic Torque Vectoring Control and a driver-selectable, three-mode stability control system to go with specially tuned steering and a stiffened, lowered suspension. Ford also expects its sporty subcompact to be pretty good on gas, too, with a highway fuel economy rating of up to 34 mpg. Ford has not stated any performance expectations for the car, which is aimed at cars like the Mini Cooper S.

For its styling, Ford gave the Fiesta ST an aggressive look with a new front fascia and lower chin spoiler, a rear fascia diffuser, dual exhaust outlets and exclusive 17-inch wheels. Like the Focus ST, this Fiesta ST will be available with a Molten Orange exterior paint color.

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Ford to Launch Fiesta ST in North America, Brings Big Speed and Style to the Small Car Market

-Fiesta ST – a well-known hot hatch born in Europe and now ready for North America – packs a punch with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine producing nearly 200 horsepower
-New Fiesta ST is Ford's latest vehicle to wear the Sport Technologies badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier this year with the launch of the Focus ST
-Exclusively equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is expected to be a segment leader in both performance and fuel efficiency

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26, 2012 – Small cars continue to be a hot segment in North America and with the new Fiesta ST, introduced here at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is expected to have the hottest hatch around.

Fiesta ST, a performance model first launched in Europe back in 2005, is yet another proof point from Ford that small cars are anything but boring. In addition to a precision sport-tuned suspension and an improved braking system, Fiesta ST packs a punch under the hood.

A new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine propels Fiesta ST with an estimated 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft., while Chevrolet Sonic RS produces just 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft.

Unlike the competition, Fiesta ST doesn't simply look like a performance car; it's got the guts to back it up.

"This is a rewarding car to rev," says Mark Roberts, Fiesta calibration supervisor. "With 177 lb.-ft. of torque available from just 1,600 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. by 3,500 rpm, Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size. There's no waiting at all for the power to just push you back in your seat."

Fiesta ST may be born with racing DNA, but buyers won't have to pay for that performance at the pump. Available exclusively as a five-door hatchback in North America and with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is projected to achieve up to 34 mpg.

This compact performance machine sports a unique grille and chin spoiler with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Bright tipped dual-exhaust pipes and high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package: Fiesta ST looks like it's made for the racetrack. The car is first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint.

Fiesta ST steering is more direct and responsive than the base model. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1.

The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the base model.

Increased mechanical grip provided by the suspension improvements is further enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer during hard cornering maneuvers. Three-mode electronic stability control – standard, sport or off – enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions. Overall, Fiesta ST provides enthusiastic drivers with the ideal mix of performance handling and ride comfort.

Fiesta ST will also sound good on the open road. It features the mechanical version of the sound symposer first used on the Focus ST, which went on sale in North America earlier this year, to provide an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. It is unique for Fiesta in that for the first time the engine sound is directly fed into the passenger cabin to accentuate feedback quality and response.

Fiesta ST is the result of the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      So now that there are two ST about serving up a Fusion ST?
        • 2 Years Ago
        There have been talks of a 2.3L Ecoboost 4 cylinder for the Focus RS, with around 300-350 hp and a bunch of torque. Could be used to great effect in a Fusion ST (or RS) as well.
      • 2 Years Ago
      i WANT one
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks like a sweet little hot hatch; it's what I wish the Fiesta had been when it hit dealerships in summer 2010. I hope Ford sells a ridiculous number of Fiesta STs.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I hope all the new sporty cars sell well (Focus ST, Fiesta ST, BRZ, Veloster). Otherwise I worry that the affordable sports car maket will be dead for another decade.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Open the Euro market to the US! Kudo's Ford!
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Like the Focus ST, this Fiesta ST will be available with a Molten Orange exterior paint color" I love the color but it is not available on the Focus ST Autoblog. I think the Raptor had it for a few years. Tangerine Scream Yellow or Race Red is the closest colors. I would love to see the color available for 2014 my Focus possibly?
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is tops on my list for my next new car. Molten orange or blue please!
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Focus ST starts at 24.5k with dest, im guessing Fiesta ST starting price at 21.5k? With Recaro + nav + hid fully loaded @ 24k, far better than Abarth and Mini for bang for buck. I hate and love it when car companies offer upgrades, like Recaro seats, that you wouldn't have even asked for if it weren't available.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm the one guy that is hoping they offer it with all-season tires. Yes, that will hurt performance. And yes, I'd be better off in the cold just putting winter tires on it. But who wants to be bothered switching twice a year? I'm not racing it, I just want a commuter car with some fun.
        • 2 Years Ago
        All season tires =/= Fun.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Agreed. You'll never release even half of the potential of your ride on all-seasons. . .especially the touring-grade sets most cars are sold with. They'll give up way before the suspension does.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Agreed. I am too realistic nowadays to be able to appreciate these highly impractical wheels/tires.
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you buy a second set of wheels for the summer tires and put winters on your stock wheels, the task just becomes changing wheels twice a year, which takes all of an hour total out of your year. And when you have two sets of tires that are appropriate for their respective seasons, tires last forever. I run very high performance, low wear tires in both sets, and I haven't had to buy tires in 3 years of driving 20k+ miles a year. And the amount of performance gained over the compromise that is all-seasons is staggering. If you have space for an extra set of wheels and tires to sit somewhere, it really isn't a hassle at all.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice monster truck stance it comes with.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yea I thought so too!!!. I thought I was crazy, but I remember the promo pictures a few days ago showing it to NOT be so jacked up. ****. I was gonna lease that thing when it comes out. You can't put lowering springs on leased cars right? Right. ****.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is the front end so high up? The fender gap is about 2 inches, and that really kills the proportions. They should put lower springs by about 0,75 of an inch and that ought to preserve the ride quality. Although I suspect that has to do with quality of the roads, but above all else curbs in US are higher than curbs elsewhere. Same reason why early specs GTI's MKV looked like SUVs.
      • 2 Years Ago
      At a 22k price tag (or lower??), 0-60 in the low 6's, has sold me. There is nothing that can touch it at that price. All other comparable cars are $3-4k higher and you are not going to solidly beat the performance until you get to $30+k. It is really sad that all manufacturers have abandoned the low-end performance market. Honda could easily make a CRZ-R or Fit-R at that price. VW missed the boat on the Polo GTI, now this thing will smoke it. The Sonic RS is not even worth a mention.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front ride-height looks really off to me, like it's running stock-Fiesta springs or something. Preproduction I'm sure, but hopefully the final spec has a more sorted out stance.
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