The 2018 Fiesta ST – Bonafide Hot Hatch?

February 20th, 2018 by

Fiesta ST

When people think of the Ford Fiesta, they probably think about economy rather than racing chops. After all the Fiesta is Ford’s number one selling car in Europe, and the #1 car overall in the United Kingdom. It dominates in those markets thanks to its small size, good looks, and stellar fuel economy. However, the Fiesta ST is an entirely different animal. Ford’s racing badge turns the good natured compact into a furious hot hatch.

Fiesta ST Kit

Whether or not the Fiesta ST looks the part is in no doubt. Race-inspired design features include dual-chrome exhaust, black beltline, ST fog lamps, high mounted rear spoiler, and ST badges. But the standout feature is the set of 17-Inch Rado Gray-Painted Aluminum Wheels which are good for more than a few double takes.

The same standard of sporty amenities carry over to the interior. For example, you get Ice Blue cluster lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with ST badging, and aluminum race pedals. But the most impressive part of the interior design is the unique cloth sport seats with custom ST badging. Ultimately, it’s a compact and attractive cockpit that makes you feel better about even a dull commute.

EcoBoost

Obviously, any vehicle that looks like a performance vehicle should drive like one. And the Fiesta ST can back up its ambitions. The 1.6L Ti-VCT Turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost® I-4 engine. It delivers 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque which is more than enough to hustle the agile Fiesta down the street or track. It even has a sound symposer than open a valve to the induction manifold when the driving inputs are “aggressive.” That means it won’t be growling obnoxiously if you’re just commuting to work.

The 2018 Fiesta ST features a twist-beam rear axle which decreases roll stiffness and and reduces understeer. It also boasts electric power-assisted steering for easy maneuverability at low speeds and confident control at high speeds. There are tons of other race engineering features, but the best way to understand how all the pieces fit together is to test drive the ST for yourself.

Ford Performance

Of course, the Fiesta ST is only one small part of Ford’s Performance lineup. It’s joined by the Mustang, Focus ST, Focus RS, Ford GT, and even the Ford Raptor. Recently, the 2018 Fiesta ST debuted in a reunion with the rest of the family. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team each picked a vehicle and competed in race at Motorland race circuit near Barcelona, Spain. You can check out the action below. Hopefully for the health and safety of the general public, this will be the only time a Fiesta ST challenges a Ford Raptor.