Ford is unveiling the new production-ready 2013 Fiesta ST at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show ahead of its launch in Europe in 2013. The 2013 Fiesta ST is powered by a 177 horsepower 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 177 lb-ft. that propels the small hatchback from 0-62 mph in under seven seconds with a top speed over 136 mph.
In addition to the added power under the hood, the Fiesta ST sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta. The Fiesta ST also gets Ford’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system and three Electronic Stability Control modes.
“We believe Ford customers will be blown away by the new Fiesta ST, and not only by the exhilarating performance but by the styling and specification, too. This dynamic new hot-hatch is undoubtedly our best Fiesta ST to date,” said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles.
The interior gets standard Recaro sports seats and a MyKey system that allows owners to limit performance and ensure activation of safety features for when less-experienced drivers use the vehicle.
For now the Fiesta ST is confirmed for Europe, but Ford may offer it in other markets, including North America for the first time following a highly positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept that made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
“We’re delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we’ll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future,” said Capito. “With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use.”