Small cars continue to be a hot segment in North America and with the new Fiesta ST, introduced here at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is expected to have the hottest hatch around.
Fiesta ST, a performance model first launched in Europe back in 2005, is yet another proof point from Ford that small cars are anything but boring. In addition to a precision sport-tuned suspension and an improved braking system, Fiesta ST packs a punch under the hood.
A new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine propels Fiesta ST with an estimated 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft., while Chevrolet Sonic RS produces just 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft.
Unlike the competition, Fiesta ST doesn't simply look like a performance car; it's got the guts to back it up.
Fiesta ST may be born with racing DNA, but buyers won't have to pay for that performance at the pump. Available exclusively as a five-door hatchback in North America and with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is projected to achieve up to 34 mpg.
This compact performance machine sports a unique grille and chin spoiler with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Bright tipped dual-Exhaust pipes and high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package: Fiesta ST looks like it's made for the racetrack. The car is first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint.
Fiesta ST steering is more direct and responsive than the base model. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1.
The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the base model.
Increased mechanical grip provided by the suspension improvements is further enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer during hard cornering maneuvers. Three-mode electronic stability control -- standard, sport or off -- enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions. Overall, Fiesta ST provides enthusiastic drivers with the ideal mix of performance handling and ride comfort.
Fiesta ST will also sound good on the open road. It features the mechanical version of the sound symposer first used on the Focus ST, which went on sale in North America earlier this year, to provide an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. It is unique for Fiesta in that for the first time the engine sound is directly fed into the passenger cabin to accentuate feedback quality and response.
Fiesta ST is the result of the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States.
► 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Motor Company is unveiling the new productionready Fiesta ST at the
2012 Geneva Motor Show in advance of the performance hatchback's
launch in Europe in 2013.
Customers have clamoured for a new Fiesta ST since the last model
European showrooms in 2008. The all-new model will take Fiesta ST
performance to a new
level. The numbers tell the story: 180PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost, 240Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in
under seven seconds, and top speed of more than 220km/h. At the same time,
technology delivers a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with
Developed by Ford's Team RS, the new Fiesta ST delivers significant
improvements through the introduction of a specially tuned chassis that
sits 15mm lower than
the standard Fiesta; Ford's enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system; and
Stability Control modes. The technologies were put to the test over 5000
kilometers of driving on
Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife.
NEW 2013 Jaguar XFR-S (550 hp) OFFICIAL TRAILER
The second model in Jaguar's ultra-high performance R-S range, the XFR-S
joins its XKR-S sibling in the exclusive 300km/h club and is a vivid
expression of Jaguar's longstanding and legendary sports saloon lineage.
The XFR-S incorporates engineering features from both the XKR-S and the
all-new F-TYPE two-seater sports car to create the most driver-focused,
agile and responsive iteration of Jaguar's award-winning XF saloon range.
The XFR-S has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover's specialist ETO division
- its bespoke powertrain, chassis and body enhancements enabling it to push
the performance boundaries.
Electrifying performance is provided by the 5.0-litre supercharged V8
petrol engine which now boasts 550PS and 680Nm - up 40PS and 55Nm
respectively over its XFR installation. The increases have been achieved
through revisions to the engine management system and optimisation of the
flow of air both into and out of the engine.
Fitted with an eight-speed transmission incorporating Jaguar's 'Quickshift'
technology (developed for the F-TYPE), the increase in engine output allows
the XFR-S to accelerate to 60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds)
and on to an electronically limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h).
Airflow has been carefully managed in order to both allow the engine to
operate at peak efficiency and let the car cleave the air cleanly and
safely. The resulting body changes have created a distinctively assertive
appearance, beginning with the deeper front bumper with its larger lower
air intakes, vertical vanes and carbon fibre front splitter.
Deeper sills and unique 'aero-blades' ensure a clean passage of air along
the side of the car and on to the deeper rear bumper sides while a carbon
fibre rear diffuser between the signature quad tailpipes extends underneath
the rear of the XFR-S to reduce lift. It is aided in this by a bootlid
mounted spoiler, two designs being available. Overall lift is reduced by
The unique 20-inch lightweight forged alloy 'Varuna' wheels are wider front
and rear and are shod with specially developed Pirelli rubber, giving the
XFR-S a more muscular stance and increasing its grip and stability. Allied
to this are extensive suspension revisions which serve to increase lateral
suspension stiffness by 30% for greater steering precision and
Revisions to both spring rates and the adaptive damper tune increase the
feeling of connectivity with the road surface, providing
confidence-inspiring handling and a supple, controlled ride. Recalibrated
active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control settings allow
the enthusiastic driver to make the most of the huge potential of the
The car's intent is underlined by the technical palette of materials used
on the interior. This includes carbon leather on the seat bolsters and arm
rests and a Dark Aluminium fascia, both of which are exclusive to the R-S
range. Providing a further unique touch are a choice of contrasting colour
stitching and micro-piping which can be matched to the exterior paint
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