We're big fans of the turbocharged Ford Focus ST, and we're plenty excited that the Blue Oval will be offering a similar treatment on the smaller Fiesta here in the United States, too. We first saw the production-ready Fiesta ST five-door at the Los Angeles Auto Show last fall, and Ford has now released this video of a Euro-spec three-door ST being flung around the track.

But not just any track – the challenging Track 7 of Ford's Lommel Proving Grounds in Belgium. The course features 20 turns and plenty of elevation changes along its 2.7-mile loop, and David Put, a vehicle dynamic specialist at Ford, shows just how good the pint-sized Fiesta ST is at handling the lot, even getting the smallest ST up on three wheels every now and then.

It sure does look like a lot of fun, and makes us really eager for our chance to try this ourselves. Scroll down to see the hot little Ford getting busy.


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      Quen47
      • 1 Year Ago
      This reminds me of the wonderful Peugeot 405 Mi16 I had in the 90's- 2700 lbs, good but not overwhelming power, and lift off oversteer on demand. And anything would be more reliable than the Pug was. I'm pretty excited.
      chromal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish there were a mazdaspeed2 to compare it with.
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really great camera work there.
        Matthew K Kowalski
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brex
        It really is great it stood out to me more than anything on the first watchthrough. I watched it again and tried to work out how many cameras they had to use for all the different angles and all the setup it would take and they must have a spent a fortune on the production of that clip short though it is.
      Anubis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like the car but sure do not like the obnoxious music on these videos.
      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish they would bring the two door stateside to go toe to toe with the GTI...
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dan
        The Focus ST competes with the GTI, there are no other hot hatches this small. They're in a league of their own with the Fiesta ST.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      That track looks like a blast to play around on. Love that off camber corner coming off the set of dips - definitely an opportunity to spin a vehicle. That little Fiesta ST sure is set up nice - the rear breaks away just as the inside rear wheel picks up. It looks very well balanced - no significant under steer or twitchy snap of the rear. The motor sounds nice too - though not sure if this is another augmented engine noise vehicle like the Focus or M5.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        I know for the Focus ST, they pump intake noise into the cabin but I think outside that maybe what the car sounds like, just increased in volume a bit. The Focus ST is too quite I think for the type of car it is and I bet the same issue would result in the Fiesta ST
      yyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just test drove the Focus ST yesterday (along with the Fiat 500 Abarth and Scion FR-S) I gotta say that it has crazy, effortless power. That 270 ft. lbs. of torque is amazing. Pretty much any gear at any speed, just floor it and it goes. It is actually too much for me. I am definitely going to wait for the Fiesta ST. I think it will compare nicely with the Abarth on every level.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Fiesta ST doesn't make sense to me. The Focus ST is better in virtually every measurable way by very wide margins, and yet the Fiesta ST is not appreciably cheaper enough for the sacrifices to make sense. Essentially, the only reason to buy this over Ford's own vehicle (yet alone competitors) is for a fractionally smaller footprint, something that in the vast majority of the US with parking spaces and garages big enough for Suburbans to be a non-issue.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        ok, color me curious, and I will bite...in exactly ( and keep in mind the Fiesta is yet to be tested )what ways is the focus better in every measurable way?....I would say BOTH cars are class leaders...I cant think of anything from any manufacturer that favorably compares, at least at their relative MSRP\'s.....
        Brian Rautio
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        It's certainly a niche, but it seems like a reasonable one for Ford to occupy. Consider the BMW 1 series. All the arguments you've made for Fiesta ST vs Focus ST work against the 1-series vs 3-series. But you still see them on the road, and I can only assume BMW still makes money on them.
          Ducman69
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brian Rautio
          The BMW is a BMW, not a souped up Ford economy car. It gets points for brand recognition alone, even if the luxury difference doesn't justify it. You wouldn't pay the same for a VW as you would for an Audi, and its in the details that most of us know why.
        David
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I dream of a driveway, let alone a garage! I guess the "Vast Majority", excludes NYC, Philly, Boston, Baltimore and DC, as well as SF.
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I don't live in a world where $2500 is a trifling amount (not including the better milage and cheaper insurance of the Fiesta). I also want the lightest performance car possible, and the Fiesta is going to weight at least 400 lbs less than Focus. Score!
        Charles Houghton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I don't know about pricing where you are but the Fiesta ST is roughly 10K pounds (or a third) cheaper then the Focus ST which is a lot to the younger buyers both of these cars are aimed.
          Ducman69
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Charles Houghton
          That is not the pricing in North America: Ford Focus ST MSRP: $23,700 Ford Fiesta ST MSRP: $21,400 Price difference: $2,300 If there were a **** $7,900 price difference ****, to be a third cheaper as you claim it is on your foggy island short on dentists, then yes it would be logical for someone to buy the inferior Fiesta to the Focus.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Focus ST is a great car, but does it really have to weigh 3300lb? If the 2700lb Fiesta ST maintains the same tail happy chassis tuning of the Focus in something shorter wheelbase, lighter, and more agile, then even with less room, power, and ultimate speed capabilities for roughly similar price, the Fiesta could be the more fun car to own. And lifting the inside rear wheel=proper form for a hot hatch to tackle a corner. Like a little dog raising its leg to take a leak and mark its property, lifting the inner wheel cornering in a hot hatch indicates that you just "owned" that particular apex.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        No its not, lifting the inside rear wheel is a suspension problem that generally means there is: insufficient wheel independence, too much weight transfer on cornering, the track needs to be widened, too high a CoG, or not enough suspension travel, or any combination of the above. Four tires in contact with the road provide superior traction to three, this is common sense.
          Brian Rautio
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          Not a suspension problem in front-heavy FWD performance cars. Lifting the rear wheel transfers weight forward and outside, where traction is needed. Unless lifting the wheel results in oversteer, front-heavy FWD cars usually have plenty of traction for this to occur. I see where you're coming from, as increasing contact patch does increase traction. In this case, it's just second to weight transfer.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          WRONG. For sharper turn in in a FWD vehicle, you need as much weight transfer to the outside front wheel as possible to give the most normal force and the most grip. To accomplish this, you set the rear roll stiffness very high and set the front moderately soft. This means you lift the inside rear. And it doesn't need to be on the ground because it isn't doing anything anyway. There's essentially no force on it during hard cornering. Go to ANY autocross or road race. The fastest FWDs there will all be lifting the inside rear.
          Kiiks
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          I see it all the time in touring cars...
          Matthew K Kowalski
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          this guy knows what he's Talking about. Everything else you said k_m94 i agree with though. Im buying a Fiesta ST as soon as it's available in my area. I'd definitely prefer one with DCT but one with a 6speed manual would be still great.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        +1 on everything you just said.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      M Lange
      • 1 Year Ago
      All 4 wheels on the ground, please. Kthx.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Making a turbo charged hot hatch like the Fiesta ST is a good step for Ford. But with that power does reliability take a hit ? So far the regular Fiesta has been filled with troubles much like the Focus. Putting a turbo in a car puts a lot of emphasis on keeping the engine cool ! Time will tell if these cars are worth a look. The recent drive reviews have been good.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        In general, with economy cars the highest performance model in the line is usually the most reliable by a large margin. Economy cars are made to a very low price point, so everything is made as lightly and cheaply as possible because people won't pay much for the car. With the performance model on the other hand, because people are willing to pay more for it it gets stronger everything. Stronger engine internals, better cooling, stronger transmission, stronger brakes, etc.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        rubbish...I have two and they have been fault free...so please list the supposed \"issues\" but before doing so realize the \"issue\" with the transmission has been rectifed ( apparently people werent happy with the firmer shifting and certain characteristics inherant with a DCT trans ) by an ECU reflash....
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