Geneva 2012: Ford Fiesta ST

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 8:56 AM

2013 Ford Fiesta ST

We'll have to wait until early 2013 for the new Ford Fiesta ST, but it looks like it'll be worth the wait

It's all fierce angles and an engine-load of attitude - the new Ford Fiesta ST has been unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Moor Show and it has a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine delivering 20% more power than the last ST model at 178bhp. It goes from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds and the top speed surpasses the 136mph mark.

Ford is promising a fun ride with the enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system, a tuned-up, low-down chassis and three Electronic Stability Control settings and the technology was tested out at the Nurburgring by Team RS. They also worked with Ford’s motorsport partners to develop the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta Rallycross and Racing Fiesta vehicles, and now they've put their minds to creating the new Fiesta ST.

The sporty interior has Recaro sports seats as standard, making their debut in the Fiesta ST. Another interesting feature is MyKey which lets you limit performance and ensure safety features are activated, especially if a new driver is behind the wheel. There's also SYNC, Ford voice-operated in-car connectivity system.

It will be on sale in the UK in the first half of 2012. We're pretty sure it will do pretty well here - it looks nothing like Mum's old Fiesta from 1984 but what's truly cool is that the suits at Ford are seriously considering introducing this car - or a similar high-performance small car - to the North American market for the first time. Is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Bloody Big Car ready for a hot hatch? We love them here - and we urge our American friends to embrace them too. This follows a positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept car at last year's LA Auto Show.

By Georgia Lewis

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