By Nat Shirley
Feb 27th, 2013
Aiming to take on the Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford's new Fiesta ST will undercut its rival by $300 when it goes on sale soon.
The Michigan automaker has revealed that the 2014 Fiesta ST will start at $21,400 (plus a mandatory $795 destination charge). That's about $2,300 less than Ford's larger and more powerful Focus ST.
A host of options including a power moonroof, grey-painted wheels, Recaro-branded sports seats ($1,995), navigation ($795) and a few other goodies boost the Fiesta ST's price to just shy of $27,000 fully loaded.
First shown in production form at the Geneva show last year as a three-door European-market model, the Fiesta ST will arrive in the states sporting an additional pair of doors. Surprisingly, it will also gain more power during its journey stateside: the U.S. modelís 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will produce 197 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, while the European version will make do with just 178 ponies and 177 lb-ft.