Ford debuts high performance Fiesta ST concept at LA Auto Show
The Fiesta ST will come with a 1.6-liter Ford 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, that will be turbocharged. The estimated power output will be 180hp with 177 lb.-ft of torque. The engine combines turbocharging with direct injection, to achieve similar performance of a larger engine. The 1.6 -liter EcoBoost engine also utilizes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and has been specially developed to provide power and torque worthy of the ST badge.
The same engine that is used in the Fiesta RS World Rally Car, will be used in the Fiesta ST. Of course the Fiesta RS WRC car has a lot more power. This reflects Ford's dedication to deliver greater fuel economy through technological advancement. Although using Ford’s EcoBoost reflects not only the current WRC engine guidelines but also a global shift in international motorsports, where manufactures are getting more power and efficiency out of smaller engines.
“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.
The 1.6 liter EcoBoost will be connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. So this means the Fiesta ST will be for serious enthusiasts. No details on the ST's estimated fuel economy have been released.