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    Geneva 2012: Ford Fiesta ST, Now In Production Form



    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    March 5, 2012

    Ford has been teasing us with a hotter version of Fiesta for the past year. They have shown a concept Fiesta ST in a three-door at Frankfurt and a five-door at LA. Now, Ford will be unveiling the production version of the Fiesta ST at the Geneva Motor Show.

    Outside, the production model matches the concept; aggressive treatments for the front and rear, large wheels, and a rear spoiler. Step inside and you're greeted with some nicely bolstered Recaro seats.

    Under the hood lies a 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder good for 178 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that can send the Fiesta up to 60 MPH in less than seven seconds and onward to a top speed of 137 MPH.

    Europe will get their hands on the Fiesta ST later this year. As for the U.S., Ford says they're open to bringing the Fiesta ST here, albeit in a five-door guise.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Production-Ready Fiesta ST Debuts at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    • Dynamic new Fiesta ST unveiled as a production-ready model at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and confirmed for introduction in Europe in 2013
    • New Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine that delivers 180PS – 20 per cent more power than the previous model – accelerates 0-100km/h in less than seven seconds and can reach a top-speed of 220km/h-plus
    • Class-leading driving dynamics delivered by enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system, specially-tuned chassis and three Electronic Stability Control settings – all tested extensively at Germany’s world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife
    • Ford remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to North America for the first time, following a positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

    GENEVA, Switzerland, March 5, 2012 – Ford Motor Company is unveiling the new production-ready Fiesta ST at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in advance of the performance hatchback’s launch in Europe in 2013.

    Customers have clamoured for a new Fiesta ST since the last model disappeared from European showrooms in 2008. The all-new model will take Fiesta ST performance to a new level. The numbers tell the story: 180PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost, 240Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in under seven seconds, and top speed of more than 220km/h. At the same time, the EcoBoost technology delivers a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous Fiesta ST.

    Developed by Ford’s Team RS, the new Fiesta ST delivers significant ride-and-handling improvements through the introduction of a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta; Ford’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system; and three Electronic Stability Control modes. The technologies were put to the test over 5000 kilometers of driving on Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife.

    “We believe Ford customers will be blown away by the new Fiesta ST, and not only by the exhilarating performance but by the styling and specification, too. This dynamic new hot-hatch is undoubtedly our best Fiesta ST to date,” said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles.

    The high-contrast interior features unprecedented levels of equipment and specification to suit the sporting driver, with standard Recaro sports seats appearing in a Fiesta ST for the first time. It also will be equipped with MyKey, which allows owners to limit performance and ensure activation of safety features for when less-experienced drivers use the vehicle; and SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated in-car connectivity system. A new bold and dynamic exterior design drives home the high performance message and features the latest Ford design signatures including a large trapezoidal grille.

    The new Fiesta ST was engineered using Ford’s global Performance Car DNA and developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of the company’s Global Performance Vehicles group.

    The experience of the engineering team in working with Ford’s motorsport partners to develop the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta Rallycross and Racing Fiesta vehicles, also proved invaluable for developing the new Fiesta ST.

    With production of the new Fiesta ST confirmed for Europe, Ford also remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to other regions, including North America for the first time following a highly positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept that made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

    “We’re delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we’ll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future,” said Capito. “With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use.”

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    178 HP??? That's it? What a joke, the Focus ST in Europe has a 2 liter turbo with 240 hp. Why do they always water down cars when they bring them over here?

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    178 HP??? That's it? What a joke, the Focus ST in Europe has a 2 liter turbo with 240 hp. Why do they always water down cars when they bring them over here?

    This the Fiesta ST..the European one has 180PS, which is 178hp. The US Focus ST is supposed to have 247hp according to the Ford site...

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    Oh right it is. I was just so focused, for lack of a better term on the Turbo Focus going on sale this spring and thought this was it. I missed that it was the Fiesta, in that case, 178 hp in a Fiesta is pretty good.

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    While it may make sense in markets with a displacement tax, a 1.6 liter turbocharged 4 may not be the most economical means of attaining 178hp. A 2.0 liter Miller Cycle Turbo engine will probably turn in better MPG numbers. Miller Cycle engines -- like their normally aspirated Atkinson Cycle counterparts -- closes the intake valve well into the compression stroke negating 20~30% of the effective displacement. For all aspirational purposes, it is a 1.4~1.6 liter engine, however because the exhaust valve remains closed for the entire power stroke the power stroke is asymetrically longer and the engine recovers more energy per drop of fuel burned.

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    While it may make sense in markets with a displacement tax, a 1.6 liter turbocharged 4 may not be the most economical means of attaining 178hp. A 2.0 liter Miller Cycle Turbo engine will probably turn in better MPG numbers. Miller Cycle engines -- like their normally aspirated Atkinson Cycle counterparts -- closes the intake valve well into the compression stroke negating 20~30% of the effective displacement. For all aspirational purposes, it is a 1.4~1.6 liter engine, however because the exhaust valve remains closed for the entire power stroke the power stroke is asymetrically longer and the engine recovers more energy per drop of fuel burned.

    I find this very interesting and wonder just where the cut off point will be in how efficient an engine can become versus the power it produces.

    I always thought the Euro tax on size of engine was stupid.

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    This is actually quite easily quantifiable -- it's called brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC). In general, symetrical effective stroke designs have better BSFC than symetrical designs like traditional Otto cycle powerplants. It is for this reason for instance that the Prius uses a 1.8 liter Aktinson Cycle four with 98 hp (2ZR-FXE). Negates roughly 30% of its compression stroke and is for aspirational purposes a 1.3 liter engine. It also makes roughly the same amount of power as a 1NR-FE 1.3 liter four (101hp). However, Toyota elects to use the 1.8 Atkinson four instead of the 1.3 Otto four because it has better fuel economy.

    Lower Displacement does not automatically equal Better Fuel Economy...

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