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2014 Ford Fiesta ST Debut

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST arrives with a punch

What's New

Speculation arose about this car at last year's auto show, after the debut of a Ford Fiesta ST Concept. A year on and that concept has come screaming--and smoking--to life. The Fiesta ST production car was introduced by Monster rally driver Ken Block, who after a series of donuts left journalists and onlookers in a haze of smoke, courtesy of his modified Fiesta, just outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST makes good on the promise of performance for Ford's hatchback. Powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the Fiesta ST can crank out 197 hp. The performance hatch is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. MyFord Touch is available on a 6.5-inch screen. Buyers can opt for Recaro sport seats as well.

Who It's For

Building on the Ford Fiesta's reputation as a fun-to-drive hatchback, the Detroit automaker made good on a vision first revealed at last year's L.A. Auto Show with the Fiesta ST Concept. And make no mistake about it, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is for the enthusiasts. With nearly 200 horses to push the small frame and a standard row-your-own transmission, there could be no confusion. Ford did introduce its 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine as well, and efficiency-minded consumers can opt for that engine on the regular Fiesta, which will get much better fuel economy. The Fiesta ST can count on the Mini Cooper S, Chevy Sonic RS, and possibly the similarly-powered Hyundai Veloster Turbo as competition.

Key Features

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST arrives one year after the concept debuted, and not a minute to soon for enthusiasts.
  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, good for 197 hp.
  • Hatchback styling with leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and a standard six-speed manual transmission.
  • Available MyFord Touch media system with voice recognition on a 6.5-inch screen
  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels

What We Think

The introduction of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST broadens the lineup and offers up a mightier hatchback for Fiesta fans. We like the regular Fiesta, and are excited to get behind the wheel of the ST. With a standard six-speed manual transmission and a more powerful, thirstier engine, this is clearly not a volume model, nor is it meant to be. But the Fiesta ST should help bolster excitement for Ford's enthusiasts.

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