Frankfurt 2011: Ford reveals the Fiesta ST Concept

Frankfurt 2011: Ford reveals the Fiesta ST Concept

Ford have chosen Frankfurt as the venue to showcase its forthcoming ST performance models, with the surprise reveal of an exciting new Fiesta ST Concept alongside the production debut of the all-new Focus ST.

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

The new three-door Fiesta ST Concept embodies the spirit of Fiesta’s high-performance history – Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo – while infusing the latest model with the latest innovative technologies.

“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.”

Noteworthy highlights

Like Ford’s World Rally Championship contender, the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost 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 177 bhp with 240Nm of torque, enough to propel the concept vehicle from 0-62 mph in less than 7 seconds and a top speed exceeding 138 mph. But despite the EcoBoost engine’s performance, the Fiesta ST Concept is also able to deliver target CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km.

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 Fiesta ST Concept is tuned to deliver dynamic and competent handling that can flatter less-experienced drivers while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST’s capabilities.

“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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    • Steve Davies

      You’re absolutely right. BMW learned, from those mixed reactions when the E90 was launched, that they cannot afford to rock the boat with the 3 Series – it’s the 8th best selling car in the UK market (according to recent SMMT figures), only trailing behind cars such as the Golf, Focus, Astra, Corsa and Polo.

      We already know what it will look like and I’ve got a pretty good idea how it will drive, so Friday will probably be more newsworthy for its focus on engines and drivetrains. Now that BMW have sorted out a competitively priced 5 Series Hybrid, we can’t be far away from seeing the same technology fitted to it’s biggest seller.