Frankfurt 2011: Ford Fiesta ST Concept

Frankfurt 2011: Ford Fiesta ST Concept image

Text: / Photos: Ford Press | posted September 14, 2011 17:21

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Ford has just revealed its vision for a future high-performance Fiesta ST at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept signals the next step in Ford Motor Company's global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST performance model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global Ford small car portfolio.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

The Fiesta ST Concept combines eye-catching, muscular and sporty styling with a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain.

"The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

A lowered stance, widened wheel arches filled with 17-inch alloy wheels and full ST body kit mirror the styling of the Ford Fiesta WRC competition car along with performance functionality.

Ford Fiesta ST rear

Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine to deliver performance upwards of 180 horsepower, an acceleration of 7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, and a possible top speed of 220 km/h.

The Ford Global Performance Vehicles group has developed the Fiesta ST Concept to deliver uncompromized sports performance and handling. Tuned suspension geometry ensures dynamic and competent handling, pushing the capabilities of the Fiesta platform.

"With the Focus ST we promised to deliver uncompromised sports performance and styling to a truly global audience for the first time, without sacrificing Ford's key values of Smart, Safe, Quality and Green. With the Fiesta ST Concept we are demonstrating that our Global Performance Plan has legs," said Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles. " The potential for delivering the ST experience to an even wider audience are laid bare by this striking new concept."