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By Mark Kleis

When Leftlane first posted pictures of an intercooled, body kit-equipped three-door Fiesta testing on public roads in Michigan, Ford was quick to dismiss the car as a one-off aftermarket specialty car.

But Leftlane knew better than to buy that story, and now we have more proof that the hot Fiesta hatch we captured in March is actually an upcoming EcoBoosted Fiesta ST.

This hot little hatchback was sporting a revised front fascia, and an all-new split dual-exhaust design poking out from the rear bumper. Up front, an intercooler appears to be visible through the mesh grille work of the Fiesta's air dam.

This Fiesta also has a handful of tasteful black-out effects and a subtle body kit that appear to have been lifted from the options list of European Fiesta's, as well as elements of Europe's titanium trim. This cobbled-together iteration is clearly intended to be a sporty rendition, but may not be an accurate representation of production intent. Ford has partnered with body kit designer and manufacturer 3d Carbon for their five-door Fiesta hatchback, and we might see a similar partnership utilized for a potential three or five-door sport Fiesta.

The prototype's new rear diffuser is also similar to one of the Euro add-ons, but it has been tweaked to integrate the new dual exhaust tips for a nicely finished and certainly sporty look. Fetching carbon-grey Speedline wheels complete the package.

Custom interior to match the exterior

Although the door panels and dash appear to be stock in both prototypes we have spied, our latest images confirm racing-style Recaro seats with bright yellow stitching. We expect minor interior changes, possibly in the form of additional boost and diagnostic gauges, as well as unique ST badging to arrive in time for the production model.

Three-door Fiesta coming to the U.S.?

Currently, Ford has not suggested a future for the three-door variant of the Fiesta for U.S. consumption, so this model might also be in development for European markets only - or the drivetrain and cosmetic packages might fight their way onto a five-door hatchback - albeit slightly stretched.

What we know about Ford's EcoBoost engines

It is likely no coincidence that our spies captured a turbocharged Fiesta testing just days after Ford released word of the upcoming turbocharged Ford Focus ST. For the larger Focus ST the automaker will use a 2.0-liter displacement, generating 247 horsepower and around 240 lb-ft of torque.

But inside sources tell Leftlane that if Ford were to bring an EcoBoost to market in their Fiesta, it would likely be based on the same 1.6-liter unit currently found in naturally aspirated form in the Fiesta. It wouldn't make sense for Ford to release a smaller Fiesta with the same badge and powertrain as the larger, heavier Focus, so we expect an EcoBoost 1.6-liter engine with estimated power closer to 200 horsepower - up from the stock output of 120 hp.

More than one EcoBoost Fiesta in the future?

Although far from confirmed, Leftlane has also learned that Ford is hard at work testing a smaller, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost offering. Although, we expect that engine would be more directed at being a truly class-leading fuel economy drivetrain, rather than a sporty offering.



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Spy Shots: 2011 Ford Fiesta ST EcoBoost

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


September 20th, 2010

We've previously spied Ford testing its new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the U.S., with engineers using a sporty variant of the 2011 Ford Fiesta three-door hatchback as their guinea pig. Today we add to the Fiesta ST's unmasking with these shots of the car during comeptitive testing near the Nurburgring.

New to the game are the Recaro seats spotted in the cabin, confirming this is more than just an EcoBoosted Fiesta. A front-mount intercooler with piping on either side can clearly be seen in the prototype’s lower grille area. Other telltale signs that this is a performance variant of the Fiesta are the dual exhaust tips, diffuser, sporty bodykit and 17 inch alloy wheels--the latter of which were probably installed to house a set of bigger brakes.

Ford is planning to introduce a new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine to the Fiesta, which suggests that the engine in this prototype also features direct injection technology. The engine is most likely based on the regular 119 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from the 2011 Ford Fiesta but with the aid of EcoBoost output should be closer to the 170 horsepower mark.

The previous-generation Ford Fiesta ST sold overseas was fitted with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Duratec engine and had 148 horsepower on tap, so expect the new 2011 model to offer a slight power bump.

The new 2011 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost should make its debut towards the end of the year, most likely at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.



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SCOOP: 2012 Ford Fiesta ST Hot Hatch with EcoBoost Turbo Engine


For those complaining about the lack of a sportier and more powerful edition of Ford's latest (global market) Fiesta hatchback, we have some very good news. Our spy photographers have snapped a prototype version of the upcoming Fiesta ST model undergoing testing in Germany.

The three-door test car featured in these photos gets a wilder bodykit with a front apron incorporating a lip spoiler, chunky side skirts, a bigger roof spoiler and a rear diffuser that houses two large exhaust pipes.

The sporty Fiesta also receives darkened headlamps and big alloy wheels, while we can also see a pair of body-hugging bucket seats for the front passengers.

A closer look at the pictures reveal a massive intercooler up front which feeds the ST's EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine. At this moment, we don't know if Ford has opted to fit the Fiesta ST with a 1.6-liter or a 2.0-liter variant of the EcoBoost engine family.

If anyone knows a German website(s) where we can find more information about the car from the license plate number, we (and consequently our readers) would deeply appreciate it.

In any case, expect an output of around 200-horsepower with all those ponies finding their way to the road through the front wheels. Suspension, brake and steering wheel system tweaks should be on the menu also.

Ford has not yet made any official announcements on the Fiesta ST, which may or may not make it on this side of the pond, but expect to see the Polo GTI-rivaling model arriving first in Europe in 2011.



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