2017 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Ford Fiesta ST image

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.

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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.