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Sports car fanatics were glued to AutoGuide.com‘s YouTube channel this past week.
Those looking for a practical, yet fun and sporty hatchback flocked to our Honda Civic Si coupe track review while other shoppers compared the Ford Focus ST to the Subaru BRZ. Luxury shoppers wanted to see if the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante lives up to its price tag.
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Wondering if the Mitsubishi Mirage has a place in the North American market? This week’s most popular video watched on AutoGuide was our Mitsubishi Mirage ES review.
In addition, sports car enthusiasts are checking out how the Ford Fiesta ST stacks up against the Subaru BRZ while other shoppers are curious to see how the new Honda Civic coupe is.
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The all-new Lamborghini Huracan is poised to be a formidable successor to the best-selling Gallardo exotic. And while photos certainly do the car justice, automotive enthusiasts around the world just couldn’t wait to see and hear the Huracan in action, which is why our Lamborghini Huracan video is our most watched video of the week.
In addition, sports car enthusiasts are seeing how the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST compares against the 2014 Subaru BRZ, and checking out if the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe lives up to the Civic name.
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2014 Hagerty Hot List
Ever wonder what new car could become a collectible in the future? Hagerty Insurance has released its “hot list” of this year’s vehicles that stand out as likely being a collectible within the next 25 years.
To make a car eligible for the list, it must be produced within the 2014 model year and have an MSRP under $100,000 excluding delivery. All prices listed in our Top 10 however include destination charges.
It was a sunny afternoon early in the fall when a mechanical howl rang through an almost empty parking lot as Ken Block bounced his engine off the rev limiter. A small crowd watched from behind a concrete barrier as he, the car and a queasy-looking passenger charged through a closed course.
With over 40-million Corollas sold worldwide since 1966, it’s not a surprise that this week’s most watched car video on AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel is our review on the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla.
Meanwhile, readers also took a closer look at the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and the 2014 Acura RDX.
Ken Block has it pretty good. He gets paid to spend time hooning cars around the world while everyone watches.
Visit the LA Auto Show without leaving your seat. We’ve compiled a first look video on 14 of the biggest debuts at this year’s event.
2014 Porsche Cayman S
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2013 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series
2014 Ford Fiesta ST
2013 Toyota RAV4
2014 Acura RLX
2014 Mazda6 Diesel
Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept
2014 Jaguar XFR-S
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
2014 Subaru Forester
Fiat 500C Abarth
2014 Kia Forte
BMW i3 Coupe Concept
Audi Expands Diesel Lineup
It was a busy weekend in the auto industry this weekend, from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, to discussion of bankruptcy with General Motors. Find out all the news in one minute or less with the AutoGuide weekend news Qwiki.
In Frankfurt last year, Ford teased us with a new Fiesta ST concept. Shown initially in three-door form we were initially worried we wouldn’t get this spiced-up version so you can perhaps imagine our delight when a five-door concept materialized a couple months later at the LA Auto Show.
Now, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Ford has announced a production version of the car. Considering that many enthusiasts in Europe have been waiting with baited breath since the last Fiesta ST went away in 2008, there’s clearly a great deal riding on this new one.
Although information is still somewhat scant, Ford says this new Fiesta ST will sport an EcoBoost, 1.6-liter turbocharged four under the hood, rated at 180 metric horsepower and some 240 NM (177 lb-ft) of torque. Lowered (by some 15 mm/ 0.6 inches) and sporting stiffened suspension, plus one of the first applications of Ford’s SYNC voice command software in Europe (the Fiesta derived B-Max is the other), the peppy new Ford promises to be quite the little performance pill. Also included in this package are enhanced Torque Vectoring and three different Stability Control modes.
On the outside, aggressive aero extensions, including a more pronounced front air dam and signature rear spoiler add to the car’s boy racer persona and although the ST was developed by Ford’s RS performance division in Europe, drawing on much WRC and rally cross experience, standard MyKey technology will help ensure that younger drivers don’t get into trouble.
Revealed in three-door form in Geneva, the new Fiesta ST is clearly aimed at the European market, at least for the timing being, though Ford says “it remains open to introducing [the high performance small car] to other regions.” And if you’ve been paying any attention to Ford and its “One Ford” plan of global products, expect to see a 5-door Fiesta ST grace a North American auto show soon.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
If you’re a lover of hot-hatches then there’s a lot going on at Ford these days that will interest you. For starters there’s the new Focus ST, a high-performance version of the new compact hatch that’s set to take on cars like the Mazdaspeed3 and Civic Si. It makes 247-hp from a turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and thanks to a long list of upgrades an an innovative torque distribution system, looks to be plenty fun, and plenty capable.
Sized-down from the Focus ST is a new Fiesta ST, with the same sort of upgrades, but sporting an EcoBoost 1.6-liter engine making 180-hp. It’s technically a concept, but Ford is serious about bringing this car to market – and we can’t wait.
GALLERY: Ford Focus ST
GALLERY: Ford Fiesta ST Concept
Watch the video below for a look at both cars from the floor of the LA Auto Show:
After debuting a 3-door Fiesta ST Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford has revealed a new 5-door version in Los Angeles today. Ford has made it clear that it will offer its vehicles globally, and so while the 3-door version will presumably be offered in Europe, this 5-door is all-but confirmed to be U.S.-bound.
Hot hatches have always been a popular segment amongst the tuner crowd, but only in the compact class – at least in North America. Now Ford is hinting it will bring the power level down a segment, with a 180-hp version of the Fiesta. That power comes from the brand’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder with 177 lb-ft of torque.
Styling is inspired by the Fiesta WRC rally cars with an aggressive front end, aero kit and 17-inch wheels.
So will ford offer a 180-hp Fiesta in North America. We’d bet on it.
GALLERY: Ford Fiesta ST Concept 5-Door
Ford will show a concept version of their l0ng-awaited Fiesta ST hot hatch at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. An ST version of the Focus hatchback has long been confirmed, and many correctly suspected that a hotter version of the smaller Fiesta would follow.
With the Focus making 250 horsepower from a 2.0L Ecoboost 4-cylinder engine, the next logical step down is Ford’s 1.6L Ecoboost, with an output of around 180 horsepower. Stay tuned to AutoGuide for more info as coverage begins on Tuesday, September 13th.
Ford‘s new Focus ST is set to get a little brother. Planned to launch in 2012, the Fiesta ST will deliver hot hatch thrills in an even smaller package, with the B-Class car getting a 180-hp version of Ford’s 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine.
What isn’t clear is if the Fiesta ST will make its way to North America. The market for sub-compacts on this side of the Atlantic is already small and there’s no competition to speak of. In Europe, however, B-Class cars make up a significant portion of the cars on the road, and the Fiesta ST already has rivals like the Renaultsport Clio 200 and Seat Ibiza Cupra, not to mention the Polo GTI.
In addition, an ST model makes sense, helping to draw a correlation between the Fiesta WRC rally program and the brand’s street cars.
While unlikely, Ford is making a habit of bringing their European models to North America. We just hope this is one of them.