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2014 Ford Fiesta ST: Meet The Furiously Small Performance Car

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After years of clamoring for tiny Euro-style hot hatchbacks, American buyers are finally enjoying something of a small performance car renaissance. Ford's small 197-horsepower Fiesta ST is big part of that trend.

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Ford's 2,600-pound Fiesta is now going to get an optional 197-horsepower 1.6 liter four cylinder, backed up with 214 lb-ft of torque. It seemed like yesterday that carmakers were repeatedly telling us Americans that we didn't want that kind of power in that small a package, or just plain couldn't handle it. Even with the high-spec engine, Ford still thinks the car will get 34 mpg. Nice.

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The ST is fairly well set into the enthusiast mold. We only get the five-door hatch and the manual transmission. No sedan, no slushbox. Sports suspension, better brakes, and a bodykit are unsurprising parts of the ST package.

Well Americans, we have seen the newest little hot hatch, now go buy one so Ford doesn't cancel production in a few years. If you're not sure whether or not you want one, check out all the great pictures by our spy photographer-for-hire Brian Williams below.

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Photo Credits: Brian Williams

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acco205
FACEMAN. The man with a face.

While I'm REALLY excited for this car, I do have some concerns.

Price, obviously. Though I expect with will be on par with the Abarth.

But I want to see some specs OTHER than power. lap times, quarter mile times, 0-60 etc.

Its becoming commonplace for car companies to boast high power and torque numbers combine with amazing fuel economy to sell cars, but you can only get both by castrating the car with shitty gearing and economy tires, removing the usable power.

I'm not saying its impossible that this will be a fast, fun little car. I love the fiesta and this can really only make it better, but I expect that the real deal will be less impressive than it sounds.