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Old 11-17-2004, 04:06   #1 (permalink)
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Ford Fiesta ST

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by Craig Cheetham

Talk about 'hot' off the press! In a world exclusive, Auto Express is the first magazine ever to get up close and personal with Ford's scorching new Fiesta ST - the long-awaited sporting flagship of the blue oval's supermini range.

The newcomer doesn't arrive until January, and no other UK publication will get its hands on the car until next week, but we were granted exclusive early access to this pre-production model.

It is the machine which Ford hopes will reinvigorate its reputation as a maker of premium hot hatches - but will the ST have enough punch to relive the glory of the legendary XR2? It certainly looks special. Finished in a choice of exclusive colours, including pearlescent red and Focus RS Blue, the hot Fiesta is bound to stand out among racy three-door rivals such as the Mitsubishi Colt CZT and Citroen C2 VTS.

Our car's 17-inch alloys will be an option on production models, with similarly designed 16-inchers fitted as standard kit. But in either case the rims give a purposeful look, filling the arches thanks to the ST's lowered suspension.

Other distinctive touches include a mesh radiator grille and a 'cheese-grater'-effect panel in the front bumper, flanked by twin foglamps. A roof spoiler, low-slung bumper and smart chrome twin exhausts complete the rear. The whole effect combines well to give the Fiesta a lean, muscular appearance on the road. Inside, the ST delivers a quality feel while maintaining a sporty aura. The black half-leather seats have red or blue checked inserts depending on body colour. Meanwhile, an exclusive ST logo is stitched into the trim, and also appears on the steering wheel.

Further unique touches include extra brightwork on the dial surrounds, handbrake and gearlever, plus ST-branded door kickplates. From behind the wheel, the view over the bonnet is the same as in a standard Fiesta - with one notable exception. The stripes, which run from the car's nose to its tail, give a genuinely special feel, evoking the imagery of the Ford GT supercar. The stripes will be an option when the model goes on sale, so drivers won't be forced into having them.

But even minus stripes, the ST will still be sporty. The chassis has been engineered to deliver superb grip, while Ford promises it's worked hard to ensure the well weighted steering has excellent responsiveness. We'll report on its success when we test the car next week.

The Fiesta ST, then, is a welcome addition to the hot hatch party, and promises to deliver a driving experience which is on a par with class leaders. We can't wait to put it head-to-head with its main competitors to find out.

First Opinion
There hasn't been a 'proper' hot Fiesta since the XR2i disappeared in 1993 - but the ST looks set to redress the balance. With fantastic styling, good performance figures and the promise of class-leading handling, it seems set to be a hit. But does it match up to the XR2's legacy?

At a Glance
* Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S is also due in January, boasting ST styling
* New close-ratio five-speed box











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I can't wait to test drive one fo these. Could even swap the zetec for one.
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Enough stripes to rival a GT-P!

Looks like it will be quite the little pocket rocket, would like to have a drive of one.

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I'm sorry, but the stripes look shocking.

Otherwise its a ripper.
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mmmm... guys just look away for 10 minutes while i get my socket set out and remove that engine and plonk it into my fiesta
Stripes aint lookin too good. rest looks awesome :D
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Ford Fiesta ST

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by Owen Mildenhall

While the Zetec S duo will appeal to cost-conscious buyers, it's the 150bhp ST that will get performance fans really excited. As we revealed in last week's Auto Express, the racy looks set it apart, while the special edition white paint and £200 stripe package mean our test car looks every bit a worthy XR2 successor.

The question is, does it live up to a long line of sporting Fiestas out on the road? Ford's engineers have worked hard to make sure it does - stiffened suspension combined with revised damping means the ST feels more alive than any previous sporting model.

Despite the steering being a little artificial around the centre point, turn-in is positive and quick, while front-end grip is excellent. What's more, the Fiesta remains stable through corners, even if it does lift its inside rear wheel when provoked. This excellent control means the ST, as with all good hot hatches, is very adjustable. You can use the throttle to balance the car through
bends, and at all times it feels controllable.

The ST is light, agile and fun, while Ford has resisted the temptation to make the ride unpleasantly stiff, as it's pliant over undulating roads. The suspension gets jittery on really uneven surfaces, but despite our test car's optional 17-inch wheels, it never gets too crashy for comfort around town.

This is the first Fiesta equipped with disc brakes at the rear, and stopping power and pedal feel are good. Under the bonnet, the 2.0-litre Duratec engine may lack the ultimate output of more powerful rivals such as the Renaultsport Clio, but performance is brisk, with a near 130mph top speed, and throttle response sharp - 0-60mph arrives in around eight seconds. The tuned exhaust also gives a pleasant burble, but it does get coarse towards the 6,500rpm mark. Nevertheless, with leather sports seats and chrome details to brighten up the interior, the ST will bring a smile to the faces of fast Ford lovers.

First Opinion
The Fiesta ST is a worthy successor to the revered XR2. For the first time in a long while, Ford has a supermini hot hatch to be proud of. It's fast, fun and agile, and has a great, muscular appearance. We look forward to putting a UK-spec ST to the test against its competition early in the new year.

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* Hot 150bhp Fiesta ST due to go on sale in January
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