MADRID, Spain – Ford Fiesta ST impressed Spain’s Car Magazine when it compared the 11 best sports cars tested in the previous 12 months.
Fiesta was rated alongside the Jaguar F-Type V8 S, McLaren 12C Spider, Audi R8 V10 Plus, Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, VW Golf GTI, Porsche Cayman S, Ferrari F12, Aston Martin Vanquish, Mercedes A45 AMG and Porsche 911 GT3.
The verdict: “The Ford Fiesta ST is a car that offers more for less. It competes with dignity against cars that are 10 times as expensive…The important thing is that this car is very fun to drive. It’s never slow or short on braking power, even when driven on fast and solitary roads. The transmission is delightfully precise. Until recently, a car with accelerations from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds was considered quite fast (the 1986 Sierra RS Cosworth clocked 6.6 seconds).
“Powered by the energetic 1.6-liter 182PS turbocharged engine, the Fiesta ST is one of those rare cars that transcend their humble origins. The brakes are powerful, the steering is lively and balanced, the front axle is precise and the rear axle is agile and playful. A sports car for the real world, the Fiesta uses its small size to its advantage. In contrast, many “monsters” – namely the Aston, Ferrari, Audi and especially the Lamborghini – are uncomfortable to drive on sinuous roads. Simply, they are too big and powerful for certain secondary roads.
“It’s no surprise that Ford received nearly 10,000 orders for this model in the first half of 2013, twice as many as anticipated. The Fiesta ST is selling especially well in the UK – nearly 50 per cent of total sales – followed by Germany. If you want to drive a sports car but can’t afford an exotic toy, the Fiesta ST is a top-notch alternative.”