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2014 Fiesta ST: Small package adventure, style and performance for drivers

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Following up their success with bringing the high performance Focus ST to North America two years ago, Ford is now bringing the Fiesta ST to North America to offer yet another option for small car performance enthusiasts on the street, the track or in a wide range of recreational activities.

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We have driven the slightly bigger Focus ST on the street and on the track and can say without hesitation that Ford definitely understands how to make small cars not only look exciting – but deliver excitement behind the wheel as well. The new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is no different and – in fact – may even be a bit more exciting than its slightly bigger Focus ST sibling.

With a goal to make the new 2014 Fiesta ST even more exciting, Ford created a collaboration of Team RS in Europe (who first brought the Fiesta ST to life in Europe back in 2005) with the North American high performance Special Vehicles Team (SVT) to build and deliver a precision sport-tuned Fiesta ST. The result is high performance small car that packs a punch under the hood, aggressively tackles the road or the track at will and delivers a good ride with optional accessory features that enable recreational activities as well.

The new Fiesta ST starts by looking good just standing still. It sports a unique grille, chin spoiler and hood with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Bright tipped dual-exhaust pipes and high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels and Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint complete a look that says the Fiesta ST is made for the racetrack.

Ford Sports Technologies (ST) race level performance requires a strong body and frame with lots of tuned flexibility to enable top road handling and ride. Ford says the 2014 Fiesta ST steering is more direct and responsive than the base model. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1. The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the base model.

Increased mechanical grip provided by the suspension improvements is further enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer during hard cornering maneuvers. Three- mode electronic stability control – standard, sport or off – enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions.

The new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST five-door hatchback puts the punch to the road with its new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that delivers an estimated 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission running on 17-inch 205/40WR17 summer compound tires.

With this power train and weighing in at 2,742 pounds the new Fiesta ST will also get good fuel economy - projected to achieve up to 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

Not only looking good and running really good, the Fiesta ST will also sound good on the open road. It features a modified version (exclusive to the Fiesta ST) of the sound symposer implemented on other Ford products. The sound symposer provides an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. It is unique for Fiesta in that for the first time the engine sound is directly fed into the passenger cabin to accentuate feedback quality and response.

You can get the new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST hatchback with all of the performance punch described above for a MSRP of $21,400 - not including delivery. But it still needs a couple of things to really put it into a class by itself as we see it.

For starters, no self respecting track capable Fiesta ST can run without a distinctive Over-the-Top Racing Stripe ($495) to clearly identify it as a ST. And, though it comes standard with very nice ST logo Tuxedo Black seating, the optional full race ST Recaro Partial Leather and Heated Seating Package ($1,995) is all but a must to be added to complete the look inside to match the outside.

With these options added, you get the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST - road and track ready - for just under $24,000.

And, if you want to learn how to get the most out your Fiesta ST on the road or track, Ford is offering complimentary performance driving training for Fiesta ST owners at the ST Octane Academy run at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Lastly, You can take your 2014 Fiesta ST a bit further by adding the Premium Rado Gray painted wheels for $375, a Power Moon Roof for $795 and upgrade the Sony Audio with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Navigation and Ford Sync and MyFord Touch with 6.5-inch display for another $795.

And for those who also want to use their Fiesta ST for travel to participate in other recreational adventures, Ford also offers a nice set of outdoor recreation accessories for the Fiesta ST from Thule. They include a Removable Roof Rack ($485), Roof Mount Bike Carrier ($159), Cargo Box for the roof ($299) and a rack attachment for skis or snowboards ($209).

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