Ford finally spilled the beans on the upcoming 2014 Fiesta ST, which the company estimates will make 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque.
Ford claims that even with that power, the hot hatch should be capable of achieving 34 mpg combined from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
To cope with the power and boost performance, the front steering knuckle is modified for an overall steering ratio of 13.6:1, the car is lowered by almost 0.6 inches, and the suspension is stiffer to fight body roll.
Torque vectoring control will be outfitted on the car to help reduce understeer and three-mode electronic stability control with either “standard,” “sport” or “off” settings will be available to change the driving dynamics depending on the road conditions and situation.
A new grille, chin spoiler, rear diffuser and massaged body panels all add to the sporty look of the Fiesta ST, along with a dual tip exhaust, high-mount spoiler and unique 17-inch wheels.
The car will make its official debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show on Wednesday where AutoGuide will be reporting live.