Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Ford unveils Fiesta ST concept

Ford has revealed a surprise addition to its performance cars on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in the shape of a Fiesta ST concept.

The Fiesta ST (Sports Technologies) concept joined the Focus ST on the stage at Frankfurt in a signal that Ford intends to further expand its global ST range, designed for performance lovers.

The Fiesta is inspired by the Fiesta WRC (World Rally Championship) model and features a 1.6-liter engine, delivering 177 horsepower and a 0-97km/h time of under seven seconds.

On reaching production, it will become the latest in a line of high-performance Fiestas including the Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, RS Turbo and the more recent first-generation Fiesta ST.

The Focus ST, revealed at the same time as the first Ford performance vehicle destined for 40 markets around the world, is built using a single platform and was created by Europe's Ford Team RS and North America's Special Vehicle Team (SVT).

With the rollout program now underway, Ford will be hoping that the features of its single platform will be enough to tempt buyers in every country away from rivals such as the Astra GTC, also unveiled at Frankfurt this week.

The new model offers a range of gasoline and diesel engines, with outputs between 88 kW/120 hp and 132 kW/180 hp, along with new Opel HiPerStrut suspension system to improve handling, a lower ride height and a new bespoke steering system.

All of the models are on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs September 15-25 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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