When the Focus ST was first unveiled, many wondered whether the pint-sized Fiesta hatchback would also have a high performance ST sibling. In a statement released earlier this week, Ford officially confirmed that the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will be available for buyers here in the United States and will officially debut at the 2012 Los Angles Motor Show later this week alongside its redesigned mainstream siblings.
The Fiesta ST was originally unveiled in production trim at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show last March as a three door hatchback which was exclusive to the European market. When the U.S.-spec version of the Fiesta ST arrives here in the United States, it will feature two additional doors which improve the model’s versatility versus the three door setup found on the European model. Other exterior touches include new side skirts, a rear spoiler, reworked front and rear fascias, model-exclusive 17 inch wheels, and dual exhaust.
In addition to the reworked styling, Ford engineers have also increased the number of ponies that reside in the car’s 1.6 liter Ecoboost four cylinder engine thanks to subtle tweaks that increases horsepower to 197 (a gain of 19 horses when compared to the European version) and 214 lb-ft of torque (a gain of 37 lb-ft vs. the European model). All of this muscle is channeled to the front wheels through a six speed manual gearbox which is the sole transmission choice for all Fiesta ST models.
Handling has been improved as well thanks to a stiffened suspension and a power steering system that now features a quicker steering ratio which is ideal for the twists and turns of your favorite driving road. Ford engineers have also bestowed the car with a brand new electronically operated Torque Vectoring System which tames the vicious torque steer associated with many front wheel drive performance cars, and a three-mode stability control system which allows the driver to tailor the driving experience for a wide variety of situations.
Stay tuned to Techshake for more information about the 2014 Fiesta ST as well as the other vehicles that will make their official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show later this week.