Five Door Ford Fiesta ST Just Shy Of 200 Horsepower

Derek Kreindler
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five door ford fiesta st just shy of 200 horsepower

197 horsepower. 214 lb-ft of torque. Five doors and a useable back seat? Perhaps I spoke too soon about the Fiat Abarth.

This is said to be the first look at the North American spec Ford Fiesta ST. It’s expected to return 34 mpg on the highway thanks to a tuned-up 1.6L Ecoboost and a 6-speed manual gearbox. Aside from the cosmetic changes, a bespoke stability control system, torque-vectoring and quicker steering should help make the Fiesta a potent little hot hatch. We’ll get all the details Wednesday.

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  • Dave M. Dave M. on Nov 26, 2012

    "I, along with I’m sure Sajeev and probably most people, wish there was a Lincoln equivalent of the Mustang." The time to strike was when the iron was hot back in '05 and Mercury was around. A greatly upgraded interior Cougar would have been awesome....

    • Ion Ion on Nov 26, 2012

      The same 2005 when a Lincoln LS and a Thunderbird could have been bought new?

  • GoFaster58 GoFaster58 on Nov 26, 2012

    Why not the three door? It would sure look cute in my driveway. remember when we had choices? The manufacturers offered 2dr hdtp, 4 dr hdtp, 2 dr sedan, 4 dr sedan, 2 dr convertible, 2 dr station wagon, 4 dr station wagon. We had several choices of colors inside and out. Now the auto industry gouges the public with few choices and bland black or grey interiors. You could also get bench seats or bucket seats. Now we are left with overpriced vhicles with little style.

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    • Corntrollio Corntrollio on Nov 27, 2012

      The problem is that most people are too cheap to buy "overpriced" vehicles, so manufacturers must cut costs by limiting options and therefore manufacturing variables and supply chains. It's what the market wants, and it's the market's cheapness that caused this result.

  • Luvmyv8 Luvmyv8 on Nov 26, 2012

    I like this car. I like it even more because it has a proper manual transmission! Should be a fun little pocket rocket.

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Nov 26, 2012

    What we need now is a hot version of the Sonnic so that the war can begin.

    • Tbone33 Tbone33 on Nov 27, 2012

      I almost purchased a Sonic hatch, which has a very useable rear seat. If one buys the 1.4l turbo for 18k, then spends another $400 on a chip, one can have 150 hp and 180 ft lbs of torque. Those may not be a hot hatch numbers, but the numbers are at least warm. On the other hand, then you have a car with below average reliability (per Truedelta) that will operate under more stress than it was designed for.