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The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST Is Absurdly High-Tech For A Three-Cylinder Hatchback

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To add insult to injury, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST, which probably won’t make its way stateside, is actually packed with a bunch of cool enthusiast stuff that any American would love to have IF THE CAR WOULD JUST COME HERE.

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In addition to the new, 197-horsepower, turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, the new FiST gets a bunch of track-happy features like:

  • An optional mechanical limited-slip differential
  • Force vectoring springs for better turn-in and back-end responsiveness
  • Launch control.

Launch control. In a Fiesta ST. A three-cylinder, manual, economy-car-based hatchback. An affordable one! These are features that you’d find on another car that costs easily three times as much as the FiST does.

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Here’s a video of the FiST being driven around in a sporting manner. This could be you, if you don’t live in the United States.

If I sound salty, it’s because I absolutely am. This is just another example of a cool car that we don’t get here because a carmaker probably thinks not enough people will buy it. Because we’re all about SUVs and crossovers and not about the little cars.

What’s even more messed up is that the Fiesta ST was absolutely something you could buy here until very recently. It was great. And now we don’t get the updated and undeniably cool next generation.

Ford has refused to confirm to us whether the new FiST will come to our shores, but at this point it really seems like it won’t.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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DISCUSSION

buckfiddious
buckfiddious

Wanna know how you can get people to buy that car in the US? Wanna know how to make sports cars in general a viable option in the US? Wanna know how to kill the SUV/CUV/Crossover market?

Start supporting intercity and interstate mass transit.

Hear me out. Wanna know why I’m looking at a Honda HR-V and not a Miata as my next car? Because I only have one car. And My family lives 3 states away. And I live in the Midwest, which means that 3 states isn’t walking distance like it is on the east coast. And because I like to vacation out west, but my girlfriend and I also like to bring camping gear and bikes, which means that flying is pretty much out of the question. So, I need a car that can 1: get decent gas mileage year-round and 2: work as both a commuter and a long distance hauler of gear.

Now, suppose, like in Europe, I could hop a convenient train from Madison, Wisconsin to Boulder Colorado. Or even from Milwaukee to Denver. Convenient. As in there’s one every day. Or I could take a train to visit my family down south. Or take a train up north. Suddenly, my car needs have changed from “Needs to be able to do everything” to “needs to be able to get me to work and get groceries.” Suddenly that little fiesta ST makes perfect sense. Because I don’t need it to be able to make 1000 mile drives, I just need it to do local stuff.

Interstate mass transit would be the best way to make sports cars viable. You know I’m right.