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Ford is 'open to the idea' of a North American Fiesta ST (photos)

With the debut of the production-ready European Ford Fiesta ST, we have to wonder how long before we get to enjoy this mighty mite in the U.S.

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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

Take a Ford Fiesta hatchback, crank up the aggression, and slap on an "ST" badge and you've got the eager-to-please Fiesta ST--on display at the Geneva auto show in European production trim.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

The ST's chassis and suspension have been tuned for sharper driving dynamics.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

Additionally, the Fiesta ST has been equipped with a torque-vectoring control system, which actively sends power laterally across the front axle to help the hatchback to grip while cornering.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

Under its hood, the Fiesta features a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that outputs about 177.5 horsepower--good enough for a 0-62 mph time of under 7 seconds.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

Torque is also rated at about 177 pound-feet. That twisting force gets multiplied by a six-speed manual transmission and sent through the front wheels.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

In addition to the torque-vectoring control system, the Fiesta ST will feature three Electronic Stability Control modes.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

Ford states that it is "open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to North America." Stop considering, Ford, and just pull the trigger on this!
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

Ford released a set of official photos to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.
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Ford Fiesta ST (European spec)

From the set of official photos Ford released to accompany the European launch of the Fiesta ST.

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