2012 Geneva Motor Show

A New Baby Hot Hatch: Ford Fiesta ST Revealed

Get ready for the best Ford Fiesta ST ever built, according to Ford's performance engineering team.

Ford has been no stranger to building hot hatches - in Europe. Now that the American automaker is moving further along with their acclaimed 'One Ford' global marketing and engineering plans, North Americans are quickly beginning to see some of the many things they've missed out on over the years. One of those was the Ford Fiesta. Now that the hatchback is on sale globally, Ford has now just unveiled the Fiesta ST at the Geneva Motor Show.

The last time a Fiesta ST was sold, it was only available in Europe. Ford wants everyone to know this isn't the case this time around. And that's a good thing, a very good thing. Powered by 1.6-liter EcoBoost four pot with 180hp and 177lb-ft of torque, Ford claims it can go from 0 to 62 mph in less than seven seconds and has a top speed of more than 136 mph. The hot little hatch was developed by Ford's Team RS which significantly improved its ride and handling through the introduction of a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta.

Other added technologies include Ford's Torque Vectoring Control system and three Electronic Stability Control modes. Ford proudly states that both technologies were put to the test on Germany's famed Nurburgring Nordschleife. Buyers will also be treated to standard features such as Recaro sports seats, SYNC, and a bold exterior styling package. No official on sale date or pricing have been announced, but it's a given fact that the Fiesta ST will be arriving stateside in the very near future.

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