2014 Ford Fiesta ST brings heat to the B-segment
By Jeffrey N. Ross
Posted Nov 28th 2012 3:28PM
For hot hatch buyers who might find the Focus ST
a little out of their price range, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
should be a perfect fit. The new Fiesta ST drops a peppy EcoBoost
engine under the hood and gets the usual styling upgrades expected from an ST-badged car.
Available only as a hatchback with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2014 Fiesta ST gets the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder that Ford
has initially rated at 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. The car also gets an electronic Torque Vectoring Control and a driver-selectable, three-mode stability control system to go with specially tuned steering and a stiffened, lowered suspension. Ford also expects its sporty subcompact to be pretty good on gas, too, with a highway fuel economy rating of up to 34 mpg. Ford has not stated any performance expectations for the car, which is aimed at cars like the Mini Cooper S
For its styling, Ford gave the Fiesta ST an aggressive look with a new front fascia and lower chin spoiler, a rear fascia diffuser, dual exhaust outlets and exclusive 17-inch wheels. Like the Focus ST, this Fiesta ST will be available with a Molten Orange exterior paint color.