Ford Fiesta ST Concept
Ford’s global performance vehicle strategy is accelerating, promising a new era for driving enthusiasts around the world with the expansion of its ST – Sport Technologies – range. The international reach of these performance models is made possible by a new generation of global small car platforms from Ford.
They are the central point of Ford’s broader performance strategy that establishes the DNA for the company’s performance models globally and opens up possibilities for more higher-tier performance vehicles.
This DNA was created by the Ford Performance Vehicles group – embracing Europe’s Ford Team RS and North America’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) – who delved deeply into their performance expertise and insight to define the appropriate DNA characteristics for all of Ford’s future global performance vehicles.
The Frankfurt Motor Show provides an important preview of what could be the next performance vehicle in the Ford Performance Vehicles product pipeline – the Fiesta ST Concept.
Muscular and sporty, the Fiesta ST Concept is inspired by the Ford Fiesta WRC. It features a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain with a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost ® engine, yet is capable of delivering impressive fuel economy.
Target performance levels for the Fiesta ST Concept are 177 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in less than seven seconds. A top speed exceeding 136 mph is targeted.
The advanced design of the turbocharged, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine – connected to a six-speed manual transmission – means the Fiesta ST Concept is forecast to deliver CO2 emissions of less than 140 g/km.
A global Fiesta ST would also extend the proud, 35-year history of delivering high-performance Fiestas in Europe, including the Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, RS Turbo and the more recent first-generation Fiesta ST.
“With the Focus ST and the Fiesta ST, enthusiasts will immediately understand what a Ford ST model promises and what each model shares in terms of balanced performance feel, style and driver features,” Capito said. “We’ve developed both vehicles from the same DNA. They are born performers that know how to make drivers smile.”
With Ford’s strategy to engineer global production cars and develop global performance versions from them comes another fantastic opportunity in the motorsport arena.
“The Focus, and especially the Focus ST, is a great platform for motorsport,” explained Capito. “We’re developing a global race car on the ST platform that will meet global regulations and race in major national championships around the world from next year. We’ve had so much interest from teams around the world, they love the exterior, they know the Focus already has exceptional handling, and they are excited Ford is supporting it.”
Source: Ford press