Finally, the European Fiesta ST arrives to America! The American version is almost the exact same as the European version. Of course there are some differences, including exterior changes like the rear fascia, which is a tiny bit longer to meet the North American bumper requirements. There is also tuning changes including the suspension, a unique hood, 17-inch wheels, a spoiler, and dual exhaust tips. Also, American version’s are only limited to four-door models. The European model offer’s a 20-lb lighter coupe. Beside these changes, everything else about this car has the European touch. They have the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine can produce 197 horsepower, has 202 lb-ft of torque, and gets 26/35 mpg city and highway. Noise seems to be a problem though. Test driven in Michigan, a lot of noise seemed to get in through the cabin, and when flogged, the Ford Fiesta ST became even worse with the noise. Luckily, some of that noise is tuned out by Ford’s “sound symposer.” This device uses a resonator tube to pipe the engine sound directly into the cabin.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta STU.S. version was built on a solid platform and has two distinct personalities. The first personality has below 3000 rpm, which makes the car extremely livable. It has good, quick acceleration, easy shifts with the six-speed manual, and can accomplish your everyday tasks in an easy fashion. It’s easy to park and get through city traffic because of its small size. Other features that make this car excellent with its cabin interior include comfort in the front of the cabin, with two adults that can sit comfortably in the second row. It also includes features like Bluetooth connectivity, MyFord Touch telematics system, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and other many luxury features.
On to the second personality, which is that 202 lb-ft of torque makes affect. Because of the torque, it allows the Fiesta ST drivers to want to go faster and holds itself together with sharp turns. The simulated torque vectors through its ABS uses breaks on each wheel to keep the vehicle in a line and reduced under steer. There’s also a mode called the electronic stability control, which is standard, sport or off, and lets you select the right amount of brake power. The starting price is $22,195 and shall arrive in dealerships this fall. Get your hands on this beauty and test it out yourself!