Ford has revealed its future high performance US-specific five-door Fiesta with this Ford Fiesta ST concept, which has been shown at the Los Angeles motor show today. A three door ST variant for Europe was previously shown in Frankfurt.
The hot Fiesta ST is powered by Ford’s 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, which is tuned to produce 178bhp and 177lb ft of torque. Power is transferred through the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The most powerful factory Fiesta currently on sale is the 132bhp 1.6 in the special-edition Fiesta S1600.
Externally, the Fiesta ST concept mirrors the styling used on its Focus ST bigger brother. Similar design features include a large, distinctive trapezoidal grille as well as side skirts, rear diffuser and spoiler and twin chrome tailpipes. Flared arches filled by 17-inch alloys complete the package.
Ride height and suspension geometry is also revised compared with the standard car to ensure better, more focused driving dynamics that can “flatter less-experienced drivers while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST's sports performance,” according to Ford.