We’re already thankful that Ford is bringing the Focus ST to America, albeit a detuned version of the rally-worthy Focus RS, but Ford dropped another bombshell on the crowd at Frankfurt today, announcing a Fiesta ST Concept.
Powered by the 178-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that Ford uses in the World Rally Challenge, the three-door coupe concept is an aggressively styled sport hatch that resembles the original Focus hatchback. To the enthusiasts in the Automotive.com office, this is a formula that spells success.
At the moment, this Fiest ST is just a concept and only hints at what a potential model could be like, but we’re hoping: a) it’s as production ready as it looks; and b) that we get one in North America.
“The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The Fiesta ST Concept continues that tradition by showing how a global performance version of our best-selling B-car can be both technically advanced and dramatically styled.
“With a racing silhouette inspired by the global Fiesta race and rally cars currently competing on the world stage, and influenced by the unique appearance of the all-new Focus ST, the new Fiesta ST Concept is an exciting demonstration of the road-going Fiesta’s future potential.”
Automotive.com’s take: YES, PLEASE.