Ford Fiesta ST Coming To America Like Prince Akeem

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When we raced a Hyundai against the Sonic RS Turbo we did so because there was nothing else being sold in the price range/size that was even close. What we really wanted was a Fiesta ST, which AutoGuide reports was finally, predictably confirmed for the United States market.

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What does that mean? Ford's EcoBoost 1.6-liter four putting out about 180 horsepower with a sub-7.0 0-to-60 mph time, stiffer suspension, and more aggressive bodywork. Manual only, we hope.

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Because it's America, we're almost certainly getting a five-door option and nothing else. It's the price you pay for not having to live in a socialist country. Freedom and capitalism mean five doors, somehow.

It's been a long journey to this point, but if reports are correct, it was worth it. No journey is too great when one finds what he seeks.

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Why the insistent hope that it comes only as a manual? I, too, want it to be available with a manual. On the other hand, I also want this thing to sell that we can continue to have it, rather than seeing it get cut like the SVT Focus did. From that standpoint, if it came with an available, updated version of Ford's dual-clutch PowerShift transmission, I sure as shit wouldn't complain about that. It would perform every bit as well, and while it may not be quite as engaging as a manual, it would broaden the appeal of the car to other potential buyers, which is incredibly important to the car's viability. A larger market equates to better chances of strong sales. The more people buy it, the more viable it is. And who knows? It might actually serve to encourage a few more people to become enthusiasts.

Also, having just googled Prince Akeem, you can keep that whole thing.