Euro-hot hatch fans, rejoice: The Ford Fiesta ST is indeed destined for our shores in 2013. Making its debut in conjunction with a 2014 Fiesta refresh at the 2012 LA Auto Show, the fiercest Fiesta of them all is said to push out an estimated 197 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque.
In an apparent jab at would-be rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic RS, Ford claims the new Fiesta ST "doesn't simply look like a performance car; it's got the guts to back it up." To make good on that claim, Ford packed a powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder into the Fiesta ST and matched it with a 6-speed manual transmission. An absence of turbo lag means the new EcoBoost powerplant produces some 83-percent of its peak torque at an incredibly low 1,600 rpm. Despite its performance orientation, Ford expects the Fiesta ST to achieve up to 34 mpg on the highway.
Similar to its bigger brother, the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST sports a signature black-out honeycomb grille, aggressive rear diffuser and a chin spoiler. The 2014 Fiesta ST will also be the only vehicle in Ford's lineup to wear the Molten Orange paint color. Those interested in spirited driving will appreciate the additional lateral support of the optional Recaro sport seats.
To help mitigate understeer and increase overall grip, the Ford Fiesta ST benefits from Electronic Torque Vectoring Control and a variety of ST-specific suspension upgrades. Additionally, the Fiesta ST features a more responsive steering ratio of 13.6:1.
As it stands, the Fiesta ST will be offered exclusively in 5-door hatchback form. Exact pricing has not been released, but Ford noted that it will slide in just under the range-topping Titanium trim.