Shanghai, China -- Ford is unveiling the sizzling hot new Ford Fiesta ST at Auto Shanghai 2013, giving Chinese customers a wider choice of performance vehicles from the company’s stable.
A well-known hot hatch born in Europe and now ready for China, the new Ford Fiesta ST is Ford’s latest vehicle to wear the Sport Technologies badge, a global performance brand debuted by the Ford Focus ST earlier this year. All Ford ST models share the same DNA around the world, offering outstanding performance, harmonious balance and high levels of refinement that make them ideal for everyday driving – whether on the commute or a twisty road.
“We believe drivers will be blown away by the new Ford Fiesta ST, which gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China. “It responds to you immediately and is just revving to go.
“With the improved fuel efficiency, the Ford Fiesta ST is a unique blend of dramatic styling and exhilarating on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use.”
The new Ford Fiesta ST packs a punch under the hood with a new high-output variant of the advanced 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, delivering some amazing numbers: 134 kW of power, 240 Nm of torque, 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, and top speed of more than 220 km/h.
Despite its racing DNA, customers won’t have to pay for that performance at the pump. As with all engines in Ford’s EcoBoost family, the Ford Fiesta ST’s engine combines turbocharging and direct injection to deliver the powerful performance of a larger capacity traditional petrol engine. The 1.6-litre EcoBoost also features twin independent variable camshaft timing and has been specially developed to provide power and torque worthy of the ST badge.
The innovative design of the engine – mated to a six-speed manual transmission – means that the Ford Fiesta ST is able to deliver target carbon dioxide emissions of lower than 140g/km, as well as achieving top fuel economy, making the hot hatch a perfect candidate for daily driving.
Available exclusively as a three-door hatchback in China, the new Ford Fiesta ST will be Ford’s first three-door offering in the country. Inspired by the global Ford Fiesta race and rally cars currently competing on the world stage, the three-door Fiesta ST looks sportier and more agile, reflecting the aspirations of three-door buyers and signalling its dynamic driving quality.
The Ford Fiesta ST features a large trapezoidal grille with a unique honeycomb construction and dramatic rear diffuser element. Bright tipped dual-exhaust pipes and a high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package. The Ford Fiesta ST looks like it’s made for the racetrack. The car is the first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint.
The refined high-contrast interior is equipped with Recaro seats and features carbon fibre dashboard inserts, alloy-metal pedals, and an ST steering wheel. The Ford Fiesta ST will be available with MyKey, which allows owners to set maximum speed and audio volume limits, and ensure safety features are not disabled, when allowing use of their car. Voice-activated in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC® with Emergency Assistance directly connects vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident.
The Ford Fiesta ST will not only look good but also will sound good on the open road. It features the passive version of the sound symposer first used on the Ford Focus ST, 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.
The electric power-assisted steering on the Ford Fiesta ST is more direct and responsive than the standard Fiesta. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.69:1. The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimetres closer to the ground.
Ford’s enhanced electronic Torque Vectoring Control helps reduce understeer during hard cornering manoeuvres. The three-mode Electronic Stability Program – standard, sport or off – enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions. Overall, the Ford Fiesta ST provides enthusiastic drivers with the ideal mix of performance handling and ride comfort. All these technologies were put to the test over 5,000 kilometres of driving on Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The Ford Fiesta ST debuts rear disc brakes on the Fiesta platform and introduces a larger tandem brake master cylinder that boosts braking performance.
The EcoBoost engine’s low weight also contributes towards improved handling; and brings technologies including turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and twin independent variable cam timing.
The new Ford Fiesta ST was engineered using Ford’s global Performance Car DNA and developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of the company’s Global Performance Vehicles group. The experience of the engineering team in working with Ford’s motorsport partners to develop the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta Rallycross and Racing Fiesta vehicles, also proved instrumental for developing the new Ford Fiesta ST.
The Ford Fiesta ST also is equipped with Ford’s Emergency Assistance, which provides peace of mind and reassurance to both driver and occupants. This free service utilises the driver’s mobile phone and – using SYNC – is designed to automatically inform emergency services via a dedicated call centre in the event of an accident.