well something came to my attention. Will i be getting beat by a fiesta st? I shore hope not. If anyone knows anything about the little beast please post.
I've been following this thing as much as possible. Not for myself, but to convince a friend who wants the Focus ST but may not have the cash for one. Anyways, the Fiesta ST will have the 1.6L Ecoboost producing between 177-180 hp and essentially the same torque figure. It will also have a 6 speed manual, albeit with different gearing most likely. It hasn't been confirmed for the US yet, but the Euro spec model has an estimated 0-62 time of 6.5 secs, which means it should be darn close to the Focus ST. My guess is it will end up being just a couple tenths slower to 60, as Ford is usually conservative with performance estimates. Further, they've confirmed the Fiesta will employ the same electronic wizardry up front to help mitigate torque steer and increase lateral cornering grip. With its shorter wheelbase, I wouldn't be surprised if it can keep up with the Focus (or even surpass it) in the corners. Hats off to Ford for what looks to be another winner! I really hope they bring it stateside.well something came to my attention. Will i be getting beat by a fiesta st? I shore hope not. If anyone knows anything about the little beast please post.
Good observation, but power-weight ratios aren't the only consideration in performance metrics. Traction and gearing will play a big role here. With that said, I'd be willing to bet that Ford will make sure the Fiesta trails the Focus, if even slightly. Now, on the aftermarket scene, who knows.3250/252 = 12.9 lbs per hp
2550/177 = 14.4 lbs per hp
Focus will be slightly faster....Fiesta may be 1.4 times as fun though, depending on how much yo like go-karts!
It MIGHT be, but it might NOT be. Ford has definitely underrated the HP in the Focus ST in the US version. We KNOW this to be true. Wouldn't be a surprise if they underrated the Euro version also - ad possibly by that 5HP claimed difference. Maybe there's a reason benefitial to Ford to keep the advertised/claimed HP under 250 for the Euro version. Maybe they have to give it the lower rating based on something in their lowest quality fuel keeping the potential HP low.Something to consider: The euro spec Focus ST seems to be a bit down on power compared to the North-American version.
Or they will just think "this ST thing is working great! Let's just do more of these!"I'm not planning to go crazy on mods, so the power/speed doesnt bug me. Besides, I won't fit in a Fiesta anyway.
It just better not have a factory Backup Camera option...I would think that by the time the Fiesta is available, the Focus will be the more upscale model with additional options and the Fiesta will be the little go-fast gocart. Mark me, price-points will shift. and eventually if the Fiesta hits the NA shores and both thrive they may bring the BIG-Guy over and do a beefy RS build over here...DROOL!