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Ford debuts high performance Fiesta ST concept at LA Auto Show

Ford debut the five-door Fiesta ST Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Fiesta ST will feature bold styling, advanced technology, great handling, and high-level performance for a small car.

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.

The Fiesta ST Concept will deliver exceptional sports performance and handling as well. Tuned suspension geometry ensures dynamic and competent handling that can please everyday drivers, while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST’s sports handling characteristics and performance.

Styling of the Fiesta ST can be described as bold and distinctive. This reflects the current tastes and trends of consumers with Fiesta ST's high-performance history.

Some striking features and design themes include the large, distinctive trapezoidal grille which echoes a key feature of another Ford vehicle, the new Focus ST, and incorporates a honeycomb mesh design. At the rear a dramatic diffuser envelops a twin-exit exhaust. With a lowered stance, widened wheel arches are filed with 17-inch alloy wheels and full ST body kit are a design cue from the Ford Fiesta WRC competition car. This tells you the Fiesta ST is a series car derived from racing, but delivers functionality for everyday drivers.

“With a racing silhouette inspired by global Fiesta race and rally cars currently competing on the world stage, and influenced by the unique appearance of the all-new Focus ST, the new Fiesta ST Concept is an exciting demonstration of the road-going Fiesta’s potential,” Kuzak added.

The latest Fiesta ST extends the proud, 35-year Fiesta history of delivering high- performance thrills to small car customers. Iconic past models include the European Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo, and the more recent first-generation Fiesta ST. The five-door Fiesta ST Concept continues to show what a small cars can provide in the high performance realm.

Check out the gallery on the right for a closer look at the new Fiesta ST Concept and stay tuned to for more news from the 2011 LA Auto Show!

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