2013 Ford Focus ST: Fiesta ST Debuts
August 6, 2013
Earlier this week Ford officially rolled out the 2014 Fiesta ST which we drove for the first time in Europe back in March of this year. Now, however, we were allowed to drive in on U.S. roads.
The debut came in conjunction with the summer X games which feature these 600-hp, all-wheel-drive Fiesta rallycross cars that have virtually nothing (except their chassis) in common with the Fiesta ST.
Our brief drive of the 197-hp/202pound-foot Fiesta ST revealed its chassis balance and overall character to be very much like the Focus ST. That is, this little five-door is just as tail happy as its big brother, which makes it a full-on kick in the pants. Overall control might be marginally less than the Focus given the Fiesta's twist-beam rear axle, but like it does with the Mustang, Ford manages to make the axle matter little in most situations.
Developed on Ford's Lommel proving ground in Belgium, the Fiesta shares its European-tuned roots with the Focus in this regard. Possibly the biggest difference between the two cars is that the Fiesta's smaller size gives drivers more latitude to place it wherever they choose in a lane on our massive roads. Its steering on control are precise enough that this actually matters. And it's fun.
And though the rallycross Fiestas have nothing to do with the ST, they are fun to watch on ESPN.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor