Chris Harris Drives Ford Fiesta ST

Hot Hatch

Arguably the best hot-hatch value on the market, Ford's pocket rocket will be hard to beat.

We’ll have to wait until the summer for the British auto-scribe to compare the new Fiesta ST with its closest rival the Renault Clio RS. In the meantime Chris Harris has spent some quality time with Ford’s latest hot-hatch on both the road and track. Driving comparisons aside, enthusiasts will appreciate the extra torque and traditional manual gearbox in the Fiesta over its French counterpart. The US-spec Fiesta ST debuted at the 2012 LA Auto Show, and apart from its extra doors remains identical to what Europeans will drive.

That means a 1.6-liter turbo four with 197 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, unique suspension setup and calibrated steering for more accuracy and responsiveness, as well as a pair of Recaro bucket seats.

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