Ford Performance is making a strong appearance over at the Geneva Motor Show, presenting in front of the worldwide audience for the first time in the metal the all-new Ford Fiesta ST.
We can agree that looooong running teaser campaigns – yes we’re looking at you Dodge Demon – have become the norm for the auto industry lately. But there’s a danger to these marketing stunts – the Internet gets the better of it and leaks them way ahead of the intended presentation day. So, Ford did a move against the current when it first took the wraps off the new generation Fiesta ST – and now they directly brought it to the Geneva Motor Show. No fuss, no trouble, secrecy upheld. The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST builds on the new generation’s design with a sporty front end but a rather bland back. More importantly, fans know they’ll get everything better both inside and under the metal.
This is because Ford Performance is again going against the current and they opted for a presentation with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder under the hood – getting 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) and 214 pound-feet (290 Newton-meters) of torque, the same power as the predecessor’s ST 200 version. The new Fiesta ST will jump to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 6.7 seconds – and believe it or not, the small engine even comes with cylinder deactivation. Under light loads, the powerplant can simply use two cylinders – and when needed the other one will fire up in 14 milliseconds. The Fiesta ST should have splendid fuel economy – but it also comes with perks such as Normal, Sport, and Track selectable driving modes or an Electronic Sound Enhancement and active exhaust noise control valve.