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A day before its the official introduction at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Ford has released several images of the 2013 Fiesta ST, a concept version of which debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
“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 2013 Ford Fiesta ST with preview by the concept version looks identical to the five-door concept version unveiled at the 2011 LA Auto Show last year. The production model with an aggressive body styling kit, aside from the new alloy wheels shod in new beefier rubber, faux carbon fiber trim and alloy pedals. The model also gains a bespoke aero package with a new honeycomb grille and bumper designs plus side skirts, a rear diffuser and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
Inside, the cabin features large Recaro seats grip the driver, a new steering wheel and unique trims, interior trim matches the body color.
Under the hood, powered by an EcoBoost engine, a 1.6-litre turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 180PS (132 kW / 178 hp) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. Ford says that the new Fiesta ST enough for a 0-62 mph (100km/h) sprint in under seven seconds, and a top speed of over 136 mph (219km/h).
The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST also gets a specially tuned chassis, with a 15mm reduction in ride height. The EcoBoost engine delivers a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous 148hp model. In addition, other highlights include an upgraded braking system, features Ford’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system and aided by three different stability control settings.
The company did not reveal details on launch plan, but said in a statement “Ford remains open to 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.”