2014 Ford Fiesta ST is America's Newest Hot Hatch: 2012 LA Auto Show

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Ford just pulled the sheet off the Fiesta ST at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, showing off a subcompact packed with performance.

Under the hood lives a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that churns out 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. It comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, and is only offered as a hatch-back model here in the U.S. Ford claims that the hot hatch will achieve 34 mpg combined in the fuel economy department.

The Fiesta ST gets aggressive styling to back up its performance with a unique grille and chin spoiler, as well as a new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. A sound symposer is also used on the Fiesta ST to pump engine noise into the cabin, making the sound match the performance.

Cornering in the Fiesta ST is improved with a modified front knuckle that has steering ratio of 13.6:1, while the suspesions sits 15 millimetes lower than its regular counterpart, and boasts increased roll stiffness. To reduce torque steer thanks to the FWD setup, the Fiesta ST is outfitted with electronic Torque Vectoring Control. Electronic stability control is also incorporated in the car, with three different settings: standard, sport or off.

GALLERY: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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